Stepping out of your world

Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Disney songs and they’ve gotten me thinking about stepping out of the only world you know. The one you grow up in. Like Ariel in the sea, or Moana on an island.

 

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Ready to stand

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I wish I could be the perfect daughter
But I come back to the water, no matter how hard I try
Every turn I take, every trail I track
Every path I make, every road leads back
To the place I know, where I can not go, where I long to be

A theme I’ve noticed with these Disney stories is the idea of trying to honor your family, traditions, and everything else despite your heart telling you there’s more to life than what’s around you. This is a very common theme throughout many Disney stories (Mulan, Pocahontas, Aladdin, Tangled, etc). I think it’s a great message, to follow your heart. But our roots will always be where we find our support from. It’s hard to go out there by yourself without your family there to support you. People do it all the time, but it isn’t easy. I’ve been blessed to have a supportive family, no matter the choices I’ve made in life. Now that I’m older, I find myself on my own for the most part.

While this is freeing, it is also a little scary to be on my own. Sometimes I wish my dad would call me up and check in on me, make sure I’m okay. But I know that I am okay, and my dad is okay too. And because of his awesomeness, I’ve turned into the person I am today.

Take a moment and step out of your comfort zone. Reach for the stars. The sky’s the limit. Follow your heart.

You never know which way the river will bend.

Stepping out of your world was originally published on Developing Explorers

Recentering your focus

Yesterday I met with a new student who wants to improve his ACT score in order to hopefully get a scholarship for college. While we discussed ACT strategy and how to improve his score, we also discussed his goals in regards to college, studying, career and beyond. While the ACT score is important to a certain point, I greatly enjoy helping my students think about the future and broaden their ideas to incorporate more than just what school they want to go to or what major they want to study. While these things are important, it’s good to focus on the overall picture of their future. Where do they see themselves after college? What are they passionate about? In my opinion, at the end of the day, life and career are about passion. I greatly enjoy tutoring and helping others. I find joy in my everyday. I hope to help my students find that same joy in pursuing their passions.

I hope to help my students center their focus on what drives them to be the best they can be.

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Recentering your focus was originally published on Developing Explorers

Time to get serious

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It’s February 13th. Some of you may have already taken the ACT or SAT. Others are taking it for the first time in March or April. Are you ready? Do you think you’ll only take it once and get a good enough score for your dream school?

How have you been preparing for these tests? Are you serious about it, or are you just winging it? In my experience, students who don’t study tend to get low scores on their first try. But, with a solid 2-3 months of studying, they tend to raise their scores by 3-6 points (for ACT) easily. These tests may seem hard at first, but once you know some basic knowledge and what the test-makers are looking for they become more manageable. With the proper tools in your toolkit, you can easily achieve the score you’re going for.

While there are many options for studying for the ACT and/or SAT, usually there’s a certain study option that works for you. Some students do well with self studying (i.e. reading a book and taking some practice tests). Others benefit more from classes that are offered either through their school or a tutoring center. And other students excel with one-on-one tutoring.

I offer one-on-one tutoring and have helped several students over the past few years. I’m proud to say I’ve seen all my students improve their scores on the ACT and/or SAT. Not only were they able to raise their scores, they also walked away with knowledge and tools in their toolkits that will also help them on their journey to and through college.

What’s your next move?

Exposure: how to get your name out

Today’s Daily Prompt is Exposure.

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As a tutor, I go through phases of too many students and referrals to the point that I don’t have to market myself much at all. Then, over time, my students and referrals dwindle down and I have to amp up the marketing in order to get more students. Right now, I am trying to lay low until a few things in my personal life settle down over the next few months. While I only have one student right now, it is the perfect amount for me since I don’t have the time to be able to help more students.

After March of this year, everything should be settled down and I will likely be hoping to get more students in April/May if possible. I plan on starting my marketing in March. What do you do to market yourself for your services?

I have a few ideas that include social media ads, email blasts, and maybe offering a referral bonus to my current/past families that I’ve tutored for. What have you done that has worked in the past/present?

Capable

What does the word capable mean to you?

I recently became a certified personal trainer in order to grow my ability to help others, in addition to the tutoring I provide. My day job is IT sales, which I enjoy greatly, but I truly shine through the additional roles I provide others.

I love helping people, whether it’s through helping a student raise their SAT score or helping someone achieve their wellness goals. And what better time than the new year to start helping people get back into shape? I’m not only capable but also willing to work with you to help in any way that I can.

When I think of the word capable, I also think of the word strength. And this is the image that comes to mind:

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School is back in session

As school starts up again, and I receive more and more emails regarding ACT test prep, I can’t help but think about more important things other than ACT.

Don’t get me wrong, ACT is important. You have to take the test in order to get into college. Depending on what school you want to go to, you have to get a certain score. But I think this test is over-rated. It is difficult, and timed in a way that no other test in your life is timed. Without fail, many of my students end up feeling very anxious and sometimes have panic attacks over this test. Is this test worth it? No. There’s more to school than a test.

I came across this article recently: CLICK HERE

I love how this school is using art and other creative outlets to develop their students. Their students are learning more and more, and not by taking mandatory tests. I think it’s important to let students learn in multiple ways. A mandatory, national test is not the only way a student can learn. Some people are bad at test taking, but this doesn’t mean they’re not smart. Some of my brightest students struggle to get over a 24 on their ACT score, which is a score that some schools will take, but other schools require closer to a 27 or 28 to be accepted.

How do you feel about art and creativity in schools? Do you think standardized testing is the best measure of our student’s knowledge and understanding?

School’s out – Summer’s here

Now that school’s out and the next ACT test isn’t until September, you may be left wondering what there is to do this summer. Especially if you’re happy with your ACT score and don’t plan to take it again. While it may seem like spending the summer sleeping in and doing a whole bunch of nothing in addition to just having fun, the summer is a great opportunity to start adding to your experiences outside of school if you haven’t already.

If you’re a High School Senior (starting this Fall) and have yet to work any sort of job or internship, I implore you to pick up a part time or even full time job this summer. If possible, find something related to what you’re interested in doing as an adult. If you’re unsure what you want to do, feel free to find any decent paying job for the summer that you feel you’ll enjoy.

When I was in high school, I worked part time as a Kennel Assistant at a local animal hospital since I had plans to study Animal Science/ Veterinary Medicine in college. Having this experience helped me land other jobs throughout my college and after-college experience. It even helped me build a great, comprehensive resume.

What are your plans for the summer? Are you going to study, work, or just have fun? If you’re looking for a job, I recommend using indeed.com as it’s a great search engine for jobs near you.