Lauren Gaggioli began The College Checklist Podcast to give parents & students cutting-edge information to guide their college preparations. We recently recorded an episode for her podcast to talk about how to Off-Trail On Purpose does something that most students aren’t getting and greatly need.

“(Off-Trail On Purpose) puts the power back in the students’ hands and is actually something that can more fully enrich, not just their present, but their future as well. It’s time well-spent. It’s not just another ‘To-Do’ on the college checklist. It’s more expansive than that.”

–Lauren Gaggilio talking about Off-Trail On Purpose College Advisors

Going Off-Trail on Purpose (Episode 90)

Lauren asks me, “How do we start this conversation (about planning for the future) in a way that is productive and not paralyzing?”

I reply, “The idea feels daunting when you think that you are choosing your path FOR LIFE. That you are locked in and that you can never change. We’ve got to erase that and say, ‘That’s not what we’re doing here. We’re learning a process that you’re going to go through again and again and again and again. And if you’re really good at it, you’ll do it multiple times because you’ll get so good at paying attention and adjusting and navigating that it will come almost second nature to you.”