All Kinds of News for December 05, 2018
Ben came to College Excel in 2016 after an unsuccessful attempt at earning a college degree. Today, Ben is thriving as he nears the end of his undergraduate career. He and his College Excel coach, Allison, caught up recently to reflect on his journey before, during, and after College Excel.
What brought you to College Excel?
I was pretty depressed, unmotivated, and honestly didn't want to do much of anything. I stayed inside most days, and just kind of hung around. It was pretty miserable for everyone involved. I did get sick of it eventually, but even then I didn't know how to move on. I wanted to get back to college but didn't know how to get myself there. I had considered it, but going back to college just to fail would have been horrible, so I wanted an intermediate step to safely turn myself back into someone capable again.
What did you gain from coming to College Excel?
Beyond all the lessons on self-reliance, the personal habits refined and replaced, and the responsibilities slowly given, most of all I turned into someone who solved problems rather than bemoaned them. My favorite part of the experience was having to manage a budget for food and luxury items. Having to figure out what I wanted most and then figuring out how to pay for it was honestly pretty liberating.
What are you up to now?
I'm doing fantastic! I'm going to Beloit College and graduating next year with a double major in History and Economics. I'm also in a summer internship with Fidelity Investments, learning tons about the financial world. I'd definitely say that getting back into college at all, let alone taking 2 majors and getting a rather competitive internship was all attributed to the attitude of self-reliance I learned at College Excel. It seriously turned my life around and I'm still grateful for it.
About College Excel
Founded in 2003, College Excel is the nation’s leading residential college support program located in beautiful Bend, Oregon. At College Excel, post-secondary adults (18+) with diverse learning needs requiring extra support are provided the structure they need to move forward, both academically and personally. Using a proprietary, blended coaching model rooted in Harvard research-based neurocoaching and behavioral coaching techniques, College Excel students receive daily support from a team of credentialed and experienced Academic and Student Life Coaches while earning transferable college credits.