LaunchingU’s Signature Coaching Program Now Starts in the Freshmen year!
Freshman year is the beginning of a grand adventure! While we all know that college is so much more than preparing for a career, we also know it is also very much about your student preparing for their career.
There are many ways that this first year sets a student up for what will be a successful transition out of college or, begins what can be a bumpier road. It can turn what would have been a very respectable 3.36 GPA to a more challenging 2.81 by graduation.
Because of this we love working with freshmen about how to explore, achieve, and wander in their freshman year – but wander with purpose.
We have the focus and the tools to help them settle in and begin charting a path!
In these 7 sessions we help our freshmen clients identify where they are starting from in terms of experiences and strengths, develop a clear commitment about what their goals are for freshman year, and then help them master the 5 areas that are important in terms of keeping their path clear.
Entering college is a good time to start setting personal goals and doing the work to accomplish them. These goals are focused on doing the exploration necessary to pick a major, engage with all the resources at their disposal, and achieve the academic performance they aspire to.
We help our clients explore potential career areas so that by sophomore year they are ready to declare their major. This includes assessments to deepen an understanding of their strengths and talking with professors and with professionals in their fields of interest. The goal is to learn a lot about these areas so that they can either lean in, and perhaps do an internship the following year, and/or declare a major in this area, or decide this is not for them and cross it off their list.
All our clients go to the Career Services organization on campus. It is often surprising to parents that there is, on average, one career services professional for every 1700 students across all four-year colleges and universities. Some do a great job, many are less than stellar, however they each have something to offer, and our students figure out how to extract the most value they can from this service
So many of the clients that we meet as seniors had a lost semester in their freshman or sophomore year. The impact of this on a GPA can be very hard to overcome, and for the first job out of college, GPA certainly matters. So, getting their sea legs under them right out of the gate is important in terms of how they ultimately transition out of school. We have simple tools to help our freshmen clients stay focused, problem solve as they go, and still enjoy their freshman year.
At college there are many people who are in positions where they can, and typically want to, help your freshman. But your freshman has to meet them ½ way.
Our freshmen clients get to know their professors, TAs, administrators, RAs, counseling services, and activities leaders so that it does not feel impossible to ask for advice, guidance and support when they need it. These are people who may end up knowing people that could hire them. They could be references, may see an internship opportunity and think of your student, etc.
We encourage our freshmen clients to get connected to a couple of activities or clubs during their freshmen year. We look for a combination of things they know they enjoy and something new that they haven’t tried before. We help them structure their commitments so that they balance this involvement with the ability to perform academically.
We help them map out their schedules and, if they don’t have one already, we help them develop a planning system.,
Ideally, we have our first session with rising freshmen the summer before they get to school. We most typically do four sessions in that first semester and two in the second semester although that can all vary considerably depending on the student’s needs and interests.
It starts with a conversation with you, the parent, so feel free to give us a call for a free planning session. We look forward to talking with you and hopefully getting a chance to meet your rising freshman!