Finding Your Passion and Turning It to Meaningful Purpose and a Happy Life CONVERSATION WITH STEPHEN RUDIN, MD, FOUNDER OF PEAK YEAR BY ADAM KLUGER
AK: About Peak Year. Why did you found it and what population does it serve? SR: Peak Year was created to meet a critical need. Many millennials – a population that includes students in high school, college, and young adults entering and already in the work world – are anxious, stressed, depressed, unprepared for school, unprepared for the job market, and very uncertain about life ahead. Many lack the skills and abilities that are predicted to be most essential for success now and for the next ten years. At Peak Year, we work to address these issues by offering students Peak Time experiences. In some cases, these experiences last a year, but more often than not, they are two-to-six months. According to a New York Times article, “When a College Student Comes Home to Stay,” one major population of students, young adults for whom college is not working well, will be coming 73 | MetMagNY.com | 25AMagazine.com
home from college between Thanksgiving and winter break upset, frustrated, and unable to navigate their environment. Many will not return, particularly college freshmen. As we are already in the Thanksgiving/Christmas period, we are aware of perhaps a half dozen students who are struggling or have left school. AK: What is the intention of a Peak Time experience? SR: Every Peak Time experience is unique and specific to the student. But in general, each student explores and focuses on their passion and turns it to meaningful purpose, working one-on-one and in small groups with a team of collaborative mentors and coaches. Through this process, they acquire one or more of Six Transformational Skills: Executive Function, Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness/Loving Kindness, Grit or Resilience, Flow, and Design
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