Getting the Most Out of College:

What They Don’t Teach You in Orientation


College is a big investment

Make sure you get the most out of it

In this engaging workshop for students heading off to college in the fall, we’ll dive deep into the four key mindsets you’ll need to navigate college successfully and make the most out of your experience. You’ll learn and practice several tools and strategies you can implement immediately, even before orientation starts.

Drawing on the skills and strategies Caroline has used with hundreds of high-achieving students, this workshop incorporates the latest research on design thinking, career planning, and college satisfaction to give students the tools they need to: transition to college successfully, take advantage of campus resources (without feeling overwhelmed!), and graduate on time, so they can transition to post-college life successfully.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop a plan for making the most of the college experience

  • Prioritize effectively

  • Build meaningful connections on campus

  • Explore interests intentionally and strategically

  • Find resources most students don’t know about until senior year (if ever!)

This workshop is led by Caroline Ouwerkerk, MS Ed., a dynamic facilitator who leverages nearly fifteen years of experience as a student, administrator, and instructor at three of the nation’s top ten research universities to help students transition to college successfully. Read more about Caroline.

What to expect: This is not a seminar on study skills or college writing, nor is it a boring lecture with a powerpoint and students passively taking notes. Instead, this is a fast-paced interactive experience exploring how college works and the crucial mindsets and tools for maximizing your experience. Rather than just focusing on theory, students will practice applying the concepts and techniques in real-time, right as we learn them, with the opportunity to get feedback and ask questions immediately. Read what students have to say about working with Caroline.

Why does my student need this? Isn’t this what freshman orientation is for?: Orientation week is a whirlwind—a blur of activities and presentations designed to acclimatize students to campus life quickly and get them excited about their new community. But the schedule is jammed and there’s little time for students to reflect and process all they are taking in, not to mention that the focus of orientation is usually on logistics—how to get around campus, how to stay safe in your new community, where the Career Center is, how to register for courses. That information is essential, of course, and really helps to welcome students to campus.

But, this workshop builds on years of experience working with students to help them understand the more nuanced aspects of navigating the college experience, right at the beginning, instead of hoping they pick up these skills and techniques at some point throughout their college career.

Who is this workshop for?: This workshop is aimed at students who will be in college (any year) in the fall of 2019. Students who will be freshmen in fall 2019 are particularly encouraged to participate, but the tools and strategies we’ll cover will be helpful throughout the undergraduate experience!

Offered twice in 2019:

Class size is limited to ensure individualized attention. Don’t miss this opportunity to maximize your investment in higher education.

Questions? Email Caroline.

Registration for this one-day workshop is $225 and includes:

  • Engaging, interactive instruction

  • Comprehensive workbook packed with exercises and resources

  • Catered lunch and snacks throughout the day

Bonus: Register by June 25 at 11:59 PM and receive a complimentary 1 hour video coaching check-in session with Caroline during the fall semester (can be done remotely!) [$115 value]