All Kinds of News for September 11, 2019
Caroline came to College Excel after finishing high school, where she struggled to live the balanced life she wished for. Today, she is thriving as she embarks upon her sophomore year of college. She and her College Excel coach, Allison, caught up recently to reflect on her journey before, during and after College Excel.
What brought you to College Excel?
Before I came to College Excel, life was stressful and very unbalanced. School and academics pretty much ruled my life, and I was spending so much time on schoolwork that I was doing barely anything else. As a result of this, I was frequently stressed out and overwhelmed, and overall, just wasn’t happy. I decided to come to College Excel because I wanted to be able to prepare myself in the best way possible to achieve my goal of attending college. I knew that I would benefit from a supportive, structured program like College Excel.
What did you gain from coming to College Excel?
I made a tremendous amount of growth during my time at College Excel, specifically in time management, life balance and self image. I came to realize that school isn’t everything and in fact, taking time to do social and fun activities is just as important for me. I found that I even do better in school when I am routinely doing activities for myself. I started to see myself as the capable, strong individual I am, not as someone who can’t do things and is destined for failure.
My favorite part of the experience was developing relationships with the staff members; they really bend over backwards to make sure each student is given the tools and opportunity to succeed, and work tirelessly to provide whatever support is needed. I always felt that I had people I could talk to about anything, whether it be my academics, social life, or plans and desires for the future.
What are you up to now?
Currently I am a sophomore at a small liberal arts school on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I am majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical/Counseling and double minoring in Hispanic Studies and Public Health. I am on my school’s Western Equestrian Team, and will be serving as the team’s treasurer for the upcoming school year. I am doing incredibly well, enjoying what my life has to offer.
Of course this is not to say that everything is going perfectly every single moment of every single day, but I know that I am well equipped to handle whatever challenges may arise. My experience at College Excel has changed me into the person I am today, and I would not have been able to grow as much as I have without the guidance and support the program provided me.
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.