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Success in Life


Success in life is more than just graduating from the “best” college.  However, finding the college that’s the best fit for you can help facilitate that success.  Your best fit college may not be the school ranked #1 by US News, or the school your parents went to, or the school your best friend is applying to – you get the idea.  So how do you find college that will help you pave the path to success?   

Jullien Gordon has some advice on that topic in this TEDxTalk.  Jullien talks about the four types of capital that you need to develop in order to achieve success  

  1. Personal capital 
  2. Intellectual capital 
  3. Social capital 
  4. Financial capital 

Understanding these four types of capital can help you choose a college that will open doors for your future.     

Take Action 

As Jullien explains, you must be able to answer the question “Why do I want to go to college?”.  To answer that question, you need to know yourself.  Use the summer to consider what these four types of capital mean to you and why you want to go to college.  An answer to this question will help you define the best fit college for you.    

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College Transition: Are you ready?

For many students, high school is like a second home.  It’s a place you feel comfortable.  You know where to find your friends and your favorite places to hang out.  Now, you’re getting ready to embark on a new adventure – college.  This will be unlike any experience you’ve had in the past.  How do you prepare?  What should you expect?

Harlan Cohen (the NY Times bestselling author of The Naked Roommate) shares some thoughts in this TEDx Talk video about what you need to do to prepare for college: Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable.

Watch Harlan Cohen’s TEDx Talk  

Take Action
Talk to your parents and friends about steps you can take to start getting ready to leave home and go to college next fall.

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Are you a procrastinator?

Are you a procrastinator?  Tim Urban, writer and blogger, thinks that deep down maybe all of us are procrastinators in some way.  In this funny TedTalk, Tim explains what’s going on inside the mind of a procrastinator and why we all need to take hold of our instant gratification monkey and get moving toward our goals.   

Watch “Inside the Mind of a Procrastinator”  

Take Action
Now that you’ve spent the last 15 minutes procrastinating by watching that TedTalk, time to get cracking.  Are you still finishing college applications?  Do you have an assignment you haven’t started?  Or maybe there is something bigger – something without a deadline.  What have you been procrastinating on and what can you start making progress toward today?    

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The Secret to Student Success

What do successful people have in common?  Is it brains, talent, fame or fortune?  No!  Arel Moodie, bestselling author and speaker, has a different idea.  In this TedTalk, Arel explains the secret to student success and how you don’t have to be the smartest or the most talented to be successful.   

Arel’s secret – effort – comes from his personal experience as a successful student and entrepreneur.  Numerous studies and authors agree with him.  Angela Duckworth, psychologist and distinguished professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is well known for her research on “Grit”.  Among the high achievers that she studied, grit (aka conscientiousness) is a common factor and outweighs IQ in predicting success.   

Watch Arel’s “Secret to Student Success” TedxTalk 

Take Action 

Are you struggling with an assignment or a class?  Adopt a “growth mindset”.  Your struggle has nothing to do with your IQ or your talent.  Instead, try strategically increasing your effort.  Make an appointment to meet with your teacher, raise your hand to ask questions, find a study partner who is doing well in the class.  Push yourself to work a little harder to improve your performance in the second half of the year.  

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