Helping you find the meaning when things get messy.

How to Apply for College LIKE A BOSS! A Workshop for Juniors

This workshop is for Juniors in high school that:

  • Know it is time to buckle down and get serious about applying… but haven’t
  • Are ready to get going, but don’t know where to start
  • Have started on the process to apply for college, but are feeling confused, overwhelmed, or stuck
  • Feel tired from dodging questions about progress on applications

This workshop will cover:

  • Researching schools and picking where to apply
  • Choosing testing, extracurricular activities, and volunteering experiences
  • Completing all the parts of applications
  • Deciding what school to attend
  • Getting ready to start your first semester

You will leave the workshop with:

  • A plan regarding where to start or what to work on next,                                   including a timeline and starting to-do list
  • Helpful checklists and tracking forms
  • Decreased anxiety and increased confidence
  • A renewed sense of excitement about attending college

The Details:

  • When: Saturday March 4th from 10am till 12:30pm
  • Who: Only 6 high school Juniors can attend, so there will be time for lots of questions  (Students only at the workshop so you can work on being a BOSS.)
  • Where: My office at 107 Fannin Avenue, Round Rock TX 78664
  • Cost: $150 for the workshop  (This includes excerpts from my upcoming college application workbook.)
  • Bonus: 30-minute individual follow-up phone call to discuss any questions that come up once getting immersed in the college application process

Let’s get this college thing under control together!

Ready to sign up?  Still have questions?

Contact Dr. Sarah at sarah@meaningfulmess.com or at 512-942-7171.

 

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SPOTLIGHT: College Transition Services

Over the last 20 years, I have worked with many young adults as they made decisions about what career to pursue and what college would best prepare them. I am very experienced in helping people to determine their strengths, interests, and skills. Then we use this information and work together on discovering potential career paths and the schools that are good matches. I am able to help get your student excited by the possibilities and motivated to do the necessary work.

We then navigate the crazy maze that is college admissions, developing a step-by-step plan and schedule for all of the testing, applications, essays, recommendation letters, transcript copies, and other NUMEROUS details involved. I help to break down assignments into very manageable pieces, which can significantly decrease the level of stress and anxiety brought on by the college application process. This allows the student to easily keep track of what he or she needs to be working on at any given time. (And I can also help with the essays needed for college and scholarship applications, helping your student get started and editing the written essays.)

One of the biggest stressors during the college application process is taking the SAT, ACT, or both!  I have extensive experience working with students on preparing for these exams. My executive functioning coaching background helps me to address numerous skills that students need to excel. These include time management, problem-solving, memory strategies, information management, planning, motivation, organization, mental flexibility, task initiation, verbal reasoning, and management of negative thinking – skills that are extremely helpful for taking exams such as the SAT and ACT. But even better, they transfer over to improving performance on coursework, future careers, and life in general!

As well as providing tutoring on the content areas assessed by the SAT or ACT, I incorporate specific information about the exam format, study strategies, testing techniques, time management, problem solving, and coping skills for test anxiety. I also create a customized study schedule that includes what and when to study from now up until the exam date. In my experience, all of these elements work together to help a student feel less dread about the exam and become more confident about his or her ability to do well.

In addition to working with college-bound teenagers, I also feel very comfortable working with college students that are applying to graduate school and adults who want to return to school after working or raising children. I truly enjoy working with students during this challenging life phase.

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How do you Stay Connected?

So, my internet went down.  The router stopped communicating with something somewhere.  And my world froze.  I realized how much I depend on that silly internet.  It wasn’t that I could not check Amazon for that new book or see what everyone was saying on Facebook .  (Although, honestly, that did bug me too.)  The more I thought about it, I knew that it was actually about feeling connected in this huge world.

The importance of feeling connected cannot be overstated.  Feeling invisible is awful. Feeling disconnected can lead to anxiety and depression.  We all desire to feel seen and heard in the world. Loneliness is a sign that you are craving connection.

How can we connect with others in the midst of our busy lives?  There’s all the social media: Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Pinterest, and Instagram.  Then there are emails, texts, chats online, phone calls, Skype, and Facetime. You can attend a Meetup or join a book club. You can write letters,  meet up for coffee, run errands together, invite someone to a movie, or join up for a meal.

All of these are ways to reach out and stay connected to others in this big world.

In what ways do you stay connected? 

 (Originally posted on December 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm)
I would love to hear from you!

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What Are You Waiting For?

Do you sometimes have problems getting started on that important project or working toward that long-term goal?   Are you waiting to get started?  We have all done it… Made the excuses and given the reasons that it just isn’t time yet.

I’ll start when…

  • I’m completely ready.
  • I have all the things I need to finish.
  • My life is more calm.
  • I’m not so distracted.
  • I’m caught up on everything else.
  • My in-box is empty.
  • I know more, study more, or train more.
  • I am more organized.
  • I’m less busy.
  • I have more time.

These may be the overt reasons that we give for not starting on something that is important to us.   However, there is usually a fear underlying these reasons.    This could be a fear of failing, not measuring up, letting others down, embarrassing ourselves, or feeling incompetent.   Avoiding the project allows us to avoid feeling the fear.  If we never start, we can’t really fail.

Except that we miss out on opportunities and successes.   We lose out on experiences.   Staying in this safe and comfortable zone keeps us from growing in new and exciting ways.   And this can lead to a bad case of the “What Ifs?” and a great deal of regret.

So, what have you been waiting to start?    What are you waiting for?

 (Originally posted on November 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm)
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What If You Could Not Fail?

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Well, for one, I’d write this first blog post.     I wouldn’t worry about what the audience would think.   I wouldn’t listen to my inner critic (a very vocal and bossy lizard named Frederick) when he asks, “Who are you to have a message to share?”

I wouldn’t get stuck on the first page of the journal, the first paragraph of the story, the first steps of the journey.   I would dive in, head first, blissfully in the moment… with no concern for “What’s next?”  I would let all the words spill from my brain and onto the page, my internal editor sent to lunch.

Fears quieted and love unfolding, I would write.  My opinions, thoughts, feelings – all worth being shared.  The exposure, vulnerability, transparency – all worth the risk.

So with this, my first blog, I welcome you to the meaning within my mess.

Sincerely, Dr. Sarah

(originally published on October 30, 2012 at 10:46 am)

 

 

 

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