Thinking. They also strengthen their areas of greatest interest and enjoyment, remediate their areas of historic vulnerability, and explore at least one new area of potential interest. Both part and full-time Peak Time experiences exist, running from two-to-six months. And in some cases, students will work with us for longer than six months. AK: When do students begin Peak Time experiences? SR: Students can begin Peak Time experiences at any time. Proactive families and students may engage a Peak Time experience anytime during the first three years of high school or, in some cases, even in middle school. Most commonly, students will begin a Peak Time experience during or immediately after senior year, either in anticipation of matriculation in college in the fall or alternatively as part of a longer gap-year program. Other students will engage a Peak Time experience after college has started, often because they feel like they are not reaching their true potential in their college studies or because their college has suggested a leave. And finally, we work with young adults who have completed college and are further along in their careers, but who are interested in acquiring the skills and abilities Peak Time experience can confer.
A very specific subgroup of Peak Time experience students includes those who have graduated from college and are preparing to become stewards of major family businesses. Peak Time experience work complements the work they do with other family advisors in preparing for their responsibilities. AK: Assuming a student acquires these transformational skills and works to develop them over time, what benefits might they help confer? SR: I would expect someone might have increased happiness, personal calm, and equanimity. Likely they would have a better ability to focus, to remain undistracted, and to function through multiple ups and downs. They would have less impulsive behavior and a better ability to understand themselves and other people. Their own grounded, calm presence would better regulate others, and they would have better relationships because of that â€“ form better friendships, pick a better mate, and have a better marriage. They would have more success in school, studies and work. They would be better at listening to verbal and non-verbal language, be better at answering and asking questions, and at following complex conversations. These are outcomes of great benefit personally and
professionally. AK: Where do students tend to go after their Peak Time experiences? SR: Some go onto internships, some travel, and others continue on in more traditional gap year types of experiences. A number of students complete their Peak Time experiences and return to school, although not necessarily the school where they were before. Searching out an educational experience that will facilitate a studentâ€™s passion and career goals is often part of a Peak Time experience. Students who come for a Peak Time experience while already in the job world may decide to pursue a different life path or career arc, or they may return along the same path using the skills they have acquired to catalyze success and happiness in their endeavors. AK: How do we learn more? SR: The best source of additional information is www.peakyearexperience.com. If they want a very quick introduction, there is a 90-second video on the homepage. If families or students feel a need to make contact more urgently, they can call me or leave a message on our 24-hour number, 917-575-9662. December 2018 | 74
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