Academic Life Coaching + College Counseling = A holistic approach to the college process.

McMeekan College Consulting is now offering Academic Life Coaching as a complement to the college counseling process. Though students can do either piece separately, combining them helps the student develop a deeper self-awareness that is critical in the college process.

Many students focus on academics and extra-curriculars in their pursuit of college acceptances but leave out the key pieces of personal growth that inform the college search process and future success in college. Academic Life Coaching helps students identify and work on other parts of their lives like self-awareness, ideal learning strategies, motivation, organization, confidence and relationships with others.

Want to learn more about what Academic Life Coaching is and how it can help students from middle-school through college age? Check out the website here or call Cathy for more details (509-795-1629).

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MCC Quick Tips Newsletter – March 2019

Each month McMeekan College Consulting publishes a “Quick Tips” newsletter. In it are links to articles, blogs, podcasts or other items of interest to parents, high school and college students. 

Click HERE for March 2019 newsletter.

To subscribe to the newsletter send an email from the Contact Me page with “subscribe to newsletter” in the subject line.

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MCC Quick Tips Newsletter – February 2019

Each month McMeekan College Consulting publishes a “Quick Tips” newsletter. In it are links to articles, blogs, podcasts or other items of interest to parents, high school and college students. 

Click HERE for February 2019 newsletter.

To subscribe to the newsletter send an email from the Contact Me page with “subscribe to newsletter” in the subject line.

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MCC Quick Tips Newsletter – January 2019

Each month McMeekan College Consulting publishes a “Quick Tips” newsletter. In it are links to articles, blogs, podcasts or other items of interest to parents, high school and college students. 

Click HERE for January 2019 newsletter.

To subscribe to the newsletter send an email from the Contact Me page with “subscribe to newsletter” in the subject line.

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MCC Quick Tips Newsletter – December 2019

Each month McMeekan College Consulting publishes a “Quick Tips” newsletter. In it are links to articles, blogs, podcasts or other items of interest to parents, high school and college students. 

Click HERE for December 2018 newsletter.

To subscribe to the newsletter send an email from the Contact Me page with “subscribe to newsletter” in the subject line.

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MCC Quick Tips Newsletter – November 2018

Each month McMeekan College Consulting publishes a “Quick Tips” newsletter. In it are links to articles, blogs, podcasts or other items of interest to parents, high school and college students. 

Click HERE for November 2018 newsletter.

To subscribe to the newsletter send an email from the Contact Me page with “subscribe to newsletter” in the subject line.

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MCC Quick Tips Newsletter – October 2018

Each month McMeekan College Consulting publishes a “Quick Tips” newsletter. In it are links to articles, blogs, podcasts or other items of interest to parents, high school and college students. 

Click HERE for October 2018 newsletter.

To subscribe to the newsletter send an email from the Contact Me page with “subscribe to newsletter” in the subject line.

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MCC Quick Tips Newsletter – September 2018

Each month McMeekan College Consulting publishes a “Quick Tips” newsletter. In it are links to articles, blogs, podcasts or other items of interest to parents, high school and college students. 

Click HERE for September 2018 newsletter.

To subscribe to the newsletter send an email from the Contact Me page with “subscribe to newsletter” in the subject line.

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Podcast on the College Process

Cathy McMeekan (hey, that’s me!) was interviewed for a podcast by Financial Planner Angie Furubotten-LaRosee on the college search process. You an listen to it for free on iTunes. It is a two-part interview.

Enjoy!

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Updated: Packing for College

Packing for college – a few important items to add to the list

Your student has applied to school, been admitted and is now ready to head off for orientation. This time of year retail stores are filled with back-to-school items for your college bound student. They can purchase everything from color coordinated bedding, bathroom essentials and even mini-fridges and microwaves to stock their not-so-spacious college residence hall rooms. Most universities send incoming freshman lists of what to bring with them to college and what items are better left at home. While those lists are great for making sure your student has a comfortable living space there are a few other things that will help make their college experience a success.

The essential list of what every student should take to college:

1. An open mind. Let’s face it, students enter college with the assumption that there is information they haven’t yet learned and they are going to college to remedy that situation. By opening their mind to new ideas, people and realities they will be able to take advantage of greater levels of learning. College offers opportunities to meet people from different locations, backgrounds and beliefs. It allows students to explore ways of thinking and being that are different. Go into the experience with respect, willing to listen and engage.
2. A willingness to step outside their comfort zone. The best college experiences will cause a student to stretch and grow in perhaps uncomfortable ways. It will put their ideas and beliefs to the test. It will challenge them and they will perhaps fail. Be willing to try the tough stuff and make mistakes, because in those mistakes is where learning takes place.
3. A spirit of cooperation. Education doesn’t happen in a vacuum and some of the best college memories, not to mention learning, come from those all-night study sessions, from exchanging ideas and wrestling with concepts in endless debates with your peers. Learning to work together makes for a richer college experience and is essential in the job market you will enter upon graduation.
4. A sense of gratitude. College is expensive and not everyone gets the chance to attend, nor does everyone have someone in their corner encouraging them to achieve the goal of a college education. Remember to thank those who helped you, whether they are paying for college, they offered encouragement or helped you prepare in other ways, and then make the most of your time in college.

With an attitude made up of these essential items college students will get more out of their college years than even they dreamed possible!

This article was originally posted on the now defunct Examiner.com

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