Category: Student Focus

These blog posts are focused on empowering students.

Building Resilience: How do we do it?

Resilience is the ability to adapt and thrive despite adversity. We all need it. The pandemic has been a global demonstration of our need for resilience. Those businesses and organizations that have adapted to the unprecedented difficulties we all face are more likely to survive those difficulties; some of them will even thrive. On a smaller, more personal scale, the cultivation and development of resilience is one of the primary predictors of college success.

According to psychologist,

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College Life in the Viral Age: Updates from Campus


Dear Community,
We hope that you are well and adjusting to this viral reality. Here is an update on college life as we see it.

Student Life

The most important work we’re doing right now is connecting with students who feel lost. We’re talking to more students much more often. With all the demand we’re experiencing, we have decided to open up our services to students across the country,

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What Now?

Colleges in Boston and around the United States suddenly shuttered, leaving every student in our community and everywhere else asking, ‘What Now?’  
 
Student Needs
Such a disruptive and radical routine change has left many students grappling with uncertainty and feeling ungrounded. In addition, almost every university is requiring students to complete the balance of their semester on a remote platform. Focus Collegiate is in a unique position to help ease this transition.

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Experimentation, Practicing, and the Learning Agenda

An integral part of the learning process is the opportunity to test our nascent theories about ourselves as they develop. Experimenting with new ideas and new behaviors and getting good feedback from the world is how we calibrate our progress toward intentional positive change.  

In our evidence-based work with college students, we emphasize experiential learning informed by Intentional Change Theory, established and developed by Richard Boyatzis, Professor of Organizational Behavior,

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Who Am I really? Good Self-Assessment Skills are at the Heart of Positive Change

“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I—I hardly know, Sir, just at present—at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”
“What do you mean by that?” said the Caterpillar, sternly. “Explain yourself!”
“I ca’n’t explain myself, I’m afraid, Sir,” said Alice,

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How to Create a Personal Vision: Small Steps; Big Rewards

By now some of us have already broken our New Year’s resolutions. Like goals, New Year’s resolutions can generate feelings of obligation, i.e. “I ought to eat better,” and “I ought to exercise more.” Obligation creates stress. A personal vision, on the other hand, creates hope and activates parts of the brain involved in reasoning and creativity. Hope fueled by self-advocacy “means that we not only imagine that good things are about to happen, but we also believe in our ability to achieve them.”[1]

The concept of the personal vision is certainly inspiring,

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The Power of a Personal Vision and Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

It’s that time of year when the airwaves and the ether are filled with good intentions for behavior in the season and in the new year. As the holidays loom, we strive to be our best and make plans for positive change. We promise ourselves more exercise, greater patience with loved ones,

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Thanksgiving Reflection and Renewal

Thanksgiving is an excellent time for reflection and renewal.

Learning comes about not only from doing, but from thinking about what we do. Reflecting on a student’s path through the semester, or what we call the Learning Agenda, is an important part of what we do at Focus Collegiate.

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How to Make Difficult Conversations more productive during the Holidays

The holidays are notoriously fraught with difficult conversations. Conversations about next semester, conversations about progress, choices, direction, expectations – the list goes on. Many of these conversations are bound to take place at the holiday dinner table.

We believe that these difficult conversations do not happen in isolation; students struggle to assert their new independence just as parents struggle to define their new role.

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