I am passionate about speaking with teens and parents!
I love speaking with students! Over the past five years I have spoken to over 1000 teens in schools, at regional, and national conferences. My one hour program, Finding the College that’s Right for You! engages audiences through a conversational and highly interactive approach. I ask the following questions of the students to discover:
- What do you know about the college search and selection process?
- What do you have yet to learn?
- What are you worries?
- What is your plan?
Students answer many of these questions themselves, as they are active throughout the session, using large group discussion, small group activities, making time for individual reflection and note-making. Every student has opportunities to reflect on what they know, work with and learn from their peers, and begin to gain control over this daunting process. And, they have a great time in the session, as they haven’t realized that they actually know a lot of information!
I want students to feel great about themselves, learning to rely on their strengths, address their challenges, and move from anxious and overwhelmed to confident and eager to begin the next phase of their lives.
Learn more about my program for groups of teens here.
In February, 2009 I made an offer to the admissions office at Clark University, my alma mater. I wanted to talk with parents, focusing on their questions and concerns about their teens heading off to college. In April, during Admitted Students weekend at Clark University, I did just that – it was great! We ran the gamut – talking about teens with all their new and different behaviors, the changing roles of parents, financing college, safety at college, changes in family dynamics and creating new ways of being for everyone in the family.
I am beginning to have more conversations with parents about who they want to be in their teens lives during the college search process and later, when their teens move on to college. This new adventure, talking with parents, has become part of my work because I have discovered that parents of teens don’t have too many places where they can come together to get their questions answered and receive support.