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Episode 17: Take Charge of Defining Yourself and Your Future

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As a parent and educator, one of our objectives is to create a trusting, safe, and respectful learning environment for our kids and students to thrive. How can we support students as they navigate the college admissions journey and the transition from high school to college? How can we encourage students to step forward and take charge of defining what is important to them as they research their next learning experience? What are some techniques and tools students can use to navigate their college journey to chart a course that will help them thrive, learn, grow, and develop the strength to be successful throughout life?

Marsha Ray, M.A., brings an informed and unique voice to study abroad advising and college experience advising, based on teaching experience, in the U.S., in France and Italy, where she resided for 17 years.

 

 

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Take an inventory of your interests
  • Identify your goals and what you want to accomplish in college
  • Ask questions
  • Research specific programs and professors at the colleges
  • Reach out to professors
  • Take charge of your narrative
  • Remember – Go Past No and think about who are the stars in your sky.

 

Important Resources and Links:

College Experience Designers

Student Extended Experiences Consulting, Inc.

Campbell's Interest and Skill Survey

You Science

MMPI

 

Meet Marsha Ray

Gap Year Program

 

Marsha Ray, M.A., brings an informed and unique voice to study abroad advising and college experience advising, based on teaching experience, in the U.S., and in France and Italy, where she resided for 17 years. She also has been an adjunct professor at DePaul University and interim co-director of DePaul’s International Studies Department. In 1998, Marsha founded Student Extended Experiences Consulting, Inc., (SEEC), based in Deerfield, Illinois, to help students create and design dynamic GAP years or academic sabbatical experiences. In addition, she is a co-founder of College Experience Designers, an organization of seasoned professionals who work as a team to help individual students create opportunities that will maximize their college experiences and educational outcomes. She has presented at major professional and state conferences across the U.S.

 

 

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