I met with a group of students from the University of California, Berkeley.
The idea was to start a conversation about the cost of college and the current state of higher education.
A few days later, we were sitting in the back of a truck in the parking lot of a high-tech building in San Francisco, talking about how we could afford to be there, how we were going to pay for our tuition, and what the future would be like.
I was hoping that I’d get the same answers as the other students: We’re just human.
We’re all flawed, and we need to be treated like people.
But I didn’t expect the response from my students.
They were so excited that they said, “I’m going to graduate from college and get a degree!”
This was a common response to a question about whether or not I would be able to get a college degree.
I hadn’t planned to go to college at all, but after seeing the other student who said “I will get a graduate degree,” I was eager to try.
And when the conversation was over, the students all took a selfie with their college diploma.
I thought that it would be great if my students shared the same optimism about their college careers and the future of higher ed.
The first step was to make sure they understood the concept of “coaching,” which is the process of giving a student a personalized perspective about the importance of getting a degree.
Coaching is a very human concept.
You need to do it in your own time and way.
We’ve all been there.
Sometimes, I’d be teaching in my garage or office, sometimes in the classroom.
We’d get together and discuss what we were doing, what our goals were, and how we wanted to go about getting to the goal.
Sometimes we’d talk about things like our kids, our work, and where we were headed.
I think there’s this assumption that we all know how to get there.
I’ve been in that situation myself.
But when you’re in a job, it can be challenging to communicate to people how much you need to invest in the job, and sometimes the answer is, “Well, I’m not going to invest anything.”
So I decided to make this a coaching session for the first time.
The purpose of the session was to let students see how I’d put myself out there and how I would motivate myself.
My goal was to show them that I could put in the work and get to that goal without a lot of help.
I started by asking them to say out loud what they’d been doing and what their goals were.
Then I told them about the coach who taught me the concept.
After that, I had to let them know what I was doing with my life, what I thought about life, and about myself.
We talked about how they were doing it and what they were working on.
At this point, we all looked at each other, and I knew that we could all see that there was no way we could get to the end goal, because we all needed to work hard.
So I gave the students a short lesson on the topic, and after that I started telling them about my life.
It was all about the way that I had built a career, and then I explained that we needed to start taking care of our families and be happy.
We all needed some support, I said, so we all took off our hats and shoes and started running.
I told the students that they had to do something that they loved and that they were passionate about.
And they did.
They started making plans to get to a better place, and it felt good to get them on track to get where they wanted to be.
But they were all so excited about the process, so it was important to keep the conversation going.
We had an awesome time.
They came out of the sessions feeling hopeful and inspired.
The next step was the interview.
If you’re a new student, I strongly recommend you read the entire article on The College Guide, because it provides an amazing insight into how a coach can inspire students to do better.
But if you’re already an experienced student and you want to start learning more, I recommend The College Coach.
It has a great format that helps students build confidence and make decisions about what to do in life.