Tag: advice


Seven pieces of advice from my four years of success and failure

When I joined Students for Sensible Drug Policy four years ago, I knew nothing about drug policy. The names Michelle Alexander and Carl Hart meant nothing to me; the Controlled Substances Act and the Rave Act were merely headlines in the haze of Congressional action. There was no coverage for people in difficult legal situations due to use of drugs

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Advice for new grads: Making the most of networking and first impressions

As many students are graduating this spring, they’ll enter the professional world for the first time. There’s a lot of advice out there for new grads, but let’s start with something relatively easy – networking! 1. Learn how to remember names and faces.  The best piece of advice someone ever gave me about trying to remember names is, ”Just try.”

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10 tips for making the most of your SSDP2014 experience

SSDP2014, the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference + Lobby Day will commence one week from today! With such an action packed few days, it can be a lot to take in, so I asked SSDP alumni if they had any tips for first-time conference goers on making the most of your conference experience and here are some of their

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Alumni Profile: Kaylee Burton, University of Oklahoma 2008-2010

A product of the early D.A.R.E. generation, I started college uninformed of drugs and drug policy. I was conditioned to believe that illegal substances would kill me and that drug prohibition didn’t cause more harm than the drugs themselves. Not long after starting college however, I started to question my beliefs and assumptions. I started to question what I had

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7 ways to stay involved after graduation

It’s about that time of year when lots of students are wrapping up their college years, but that certainly doesn’t mean an end to their time as an advocate for drug policy reform. The SSDP alumni network is a vast and robust network of former student drug policy activists who work in a great variety of different industries with advice

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Chapter Leader of the Week: Brandon Levey

Brandon Levey Junior at the University of Maryland, College Park Co-President with Zach Brown at UMD SSDP (longest active chapter in SSDP history, and still going strong!) SSDP: When did you 1st get involved with SSDP? LEVEY: I first got active in SSDP at the end of my first semester in college, in the spring semester of 2009. I looked through

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