By Dave Isbell

Almost two years ago, Jessica Colombo posted a story here entitled “On Goals and Money,” it is still the most widely read post we have featured here; it is my absolute favorite story we have done so far, and if you haven’t read it you should.

Today, the State News ran a follow up story about Kathryn Mahoney, the former gymnast and inspiring young Spartan that “On Goals and Money” was about. I thought it was important to share the update with you, as a reminder of how important compassion is.

I wanted to put Piotr and Kathryn in front of you again as examples of what the heart of being a Spartan looks like. Mostly, I wanted to remind you to help another Spartan out today.

Thank you Kathryn and Piotr, for being an inspiration to people whom you may never even meet.

Thank you to all of my Spartan friends who are helping others even if those people do not wear green and white badges of pride. Your heroism may remain unsung, but your gift is no less appreciated.

If you, my dear Spartan friend, want to let people know about how someone helped you, or how you did the helping, I would love to hear about it! Just write it up and send it to me and I will gladly feature it when I can. (After all, if you graduated from MSU, and call yourself a Spartan, then this is your blog. It would be nice to hear your voice here once in a while.)

Spartans Will!


Dave Isbell is the Alumni Career Service Coordinator at Michigan State University. He has been a Career Coach since 1999. He is also pursuing a Master’s in Social Work/Family Studies at MSU. When he is not working or studying, he is enjoying domestic bliss with his wife and kids, or playing rock music on his bass guitar. You can find him on Twitter (@helpingspartans) and sometimes he writes about compassion, collaboration, and career for this blog, which he owns and begs other Spartans to write for (send your submissions for consideration to





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