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Upcoming College Application Prep Group for High School Seniors

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Are you, or a senior high school student you know, struggling to make sense of the college application process? Do questions such as “what major do I pick?”; “what is the Common App?”; or “what school do I apply to?” come up in your mind? How do you pick a school amongst the hundreds across the country and know it’s a good fit?

These questions and more will be answered in our new College Planning group. With more than two decades of combined experience of working with students, we are excited to introduce the student group starting this fall on September 7th. The group will expose students to the process of college applications as well as help them think critically about their future. We will also provide the students with resources so that they may be able to confidently proceed through college applications. We also will do individual check-ins with the students prior to the group starting and once during the month to ensure that questions are answered and students are confident about the process.

The group will meet at Elevation Christian Church in Aurora, CO on September 7, 14, 21, and 28th from 9-11:30am. Registration can be completed online here. Please note slots are limited to first come, first served.

We are excited to start the group and look forward to meeting you students soon!

-Alex Song and Megan Steedman

About the Authors:

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Alex Song, RP, Apprentice, is pursuing an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary. Alex is passionate about helping people become their most authentic and true selves. She loves helping people navigate their life pursuits, identity formation, and career aspirations. She feels honored to walk alongside clients as they share their story with her, inviting her into that sacred space. She desires her clients to live life purposefully and well through evaluating their physical, spiritual, mental, social, and emotional health. As clients navigate meaning making, she works with clients to equip them with the tools to live their best life. Alex desires to connect with the Asian population to help them advocate for their voices as they pursue what wellness looks like. Alex is a Colorado native and enjoys exploring new coffee spots, watching movies, and catching up with friends.

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Megan Steedman, RP, Apprentice, is pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary. Megan has experience working with children and adolescents, is passionate about helping young adults pursue a holistic sense of wellness, and is committed to engaging her clients with compassion and attentiveness. She desires to sit with clients as they share their story, deepening their understanding of their own lived experience. By walking with clients as they courageously address their stories of pain, Megan desires for her clients to live more fully into their authentic selves physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. She uses an integrative approach to aid clients who are struggling with transitions, relationships, identity, purpose, and other mental health issues. Megan spends her free time hiking, skiing, and exploring Denver—she loves bringing a good book or friend along to check out the newest coffee or ice cream shop.

Future Planning for High School Students

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Which high school student do you relate to more:

A student who has a ten year plan. Every detail of their life is mapped out from what courses to take in high school to what major to study in college. From there they know exactly which internships to apply for and which company they want to land their first job;

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A student who is worried about passing the next quiz tomorrow and is struggling to think past this first semester. They’re not sure about what to pursue since school is hard but they know that college is something they want to do after high school?

Although these two stories are extremely different, there’s a likelihood that many of you resonate with these stories, and perhaps, are a mix of both. I went into high school determined to become a primary care pediatrician. I had my courses mapped out and a detailed plan of how to be on the best track to medical school. Somewhere along the way, plans changed and I ended up with a second, and different, bachelor’s from a different college. Now, I’m completing my master’s in an unrelated field at a third school.

As someone who has worked closely with students for over 15 years, a common struggle they encounter is life pursuits. With student loans at an all time high along with college students switching, on average, majors at least once, preparing and trying to discover their talents and directions future plans becomes more precious and necessary.

Whether you are a student or know a student, engaging in discussions about what the future may look like and allowing room for dreaming is important. So, I leave you with this, when you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? How does that dream compare to where you are now and the path you’re on?

Stay tuned for exciting news on how Khesed hopes to help students in their journey of future dreaming and planning.

About the Author:

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Alex Song, RP, Apprentice, is pursuing an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Denver Seminary. Alex is passionate about helping people become their most authentic and true selves. She loves helping people navigate their life pursuits, identity formation, and career aspirations. She feels honored to walk alongside clients as they share their story with her, inviting her into that sacred space. She desires her clients to live life purposefully and well through evaluating their physical, spiritual, mental, social, and emotional health. As clients navigate meaning making, she works with clients to equip them with the tools to live their best life. Alex desires to connect with the Asian population to help them advocate for their voices as they pursue what wellness looks like. Alex is a Colorado native and enjoys exploring new coffee spots, watching movies, and catching up with friends.