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The college admission process provides an opportunity to mentor students, teaching them how to live with authenticity, excellence, and purpose, using the art of wayfinding. Wayfinding teaches ‘actionable wholeness.’ It requires being deeply embedded in the present moment, recognizing the signs leading forward, and pointing oneself in the appropriate direction.  The outcome is an accomplished and fulfilled student with a well-written application that allows college admissions representatives to visualize the student they are bringing to campus.

I assist students and their families with all aspects of the college admission process including course selection, building a balanced college list, maximizing financial aid, and college application and essay writing (click on services for more information). Thirty percent of the college application is comprised of the student transcript and test scores. Approximately sixty percent involve extracurricular activities (i.e., personal statement, activity list and letters of recommendation). I mentor students to:

 

  • Implement their passion into practice (e.g., starting a business, a new club, writing a research paper, creating an art portfolio)
  • Grow in self-confidence and practice adult-level problem solving
  • Utilize cognitive science strategies around time management and the development of expertise (summer after junior year is a student’s best opportunity to showcase their abilities in a capstone project)

Please click the button below for more information on the specific services I provide.

“The gift of the wayfinder’s journey is not arrival at a destination; it is who we become along the way as we fulfill our potential.”

– Dr Chellie Spiller, Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, & John Panoho – “Wayfinding Leadership: Groundbreaking Wisdom for Developing Leaders.”

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“Wayfinding is a set of principles. An art. And at the center of the circle of sea and sky is the wayfinder practicing the art, trusting mind and senses within a cognitive structure to read and interpret nature’s signs along the way as the means for maintaining continuous orientation to a remote, intended destination.” 

 

Will Kyselka, “An Ocean in Mind”

“The navigator by day conceptually divides the horizon ahead and behind, each into sixteen parts, taking as cardinal points the rising and setting of the sun. Thus by day he or she replicates the star compass of the night. The metaphor is that Hokule’a never moves. It simply waits, the axis mundi of the world, as the islands rise out of the sea to greet her.”

 

David Lewis, “The Wayfinders”

“The experience of being lost is uniquely human. Animals, equipped with biological instruments that seem to give them absolute certainty about their geographic position, rarely seem to. It is humans who have had to evolve the intellectual and emotional capacity to solve the problem of becoming disoriented and who generated the cultural practices of wayfinding. Maybe our emotional connections to each other and places serve navigational purposes, in the sense of orienting us over very large spatial and time scale – the journey of a lifetime.”

 

“Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World,” M.R. O’Connor