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Kimberly Shepherd
Works at KSA Educational Consulting LLC
Attended Case Western Reserve University
Lives in Ohio
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Commencement speakers are always telling young people to follow their passions. Be true to yourself. This is a vision of life that begins with self and ends with self. But people on the road to inner light do not find their vocations by asking, what do I want from life? They ask, what is life asking of me? How can I match my intrinsic talent with one of the world’s deep needs?

We as parents should be helping our children answer this question for themselves. It is a key for college planning and for life.

#ksa #collegeplanning #moralbucketlist
What kind of adventures produce goodness, rather than build résumés?
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A Daughter, Her Dad, and the Debate Over Pricey Teen Volunteer Trips 

Not a new article, but a topic I'm asked a lot about and one that's hotly debated in admission forums. 

My suggestion? Have your child decide what they are MOST passionate about helping with, in a volunteer capacity, and find that in your community. Think outside the box. Read to pets at animal shelters. Create an after school Minecraft club for younger kids. Coach a youth sports team. Cut down Christmas trees. Plant a garden for a non-profit, and tend it. Volunteer at an art museum. There are as many ways to help as there are interests.

http://ow.ly/H0rBL 

#ksa #collegeplanning #volunteertrips
Pippa Biddle, a 21-year-old who has gone on many international volunteer trips, thinks most of them are a waste of time. Should parents let their own teenagers go?
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A recent college graduate had an idea for a spot honoring LeBron's return to Cleveland. Instead of deciding that no one would listen, she spoke up. And people listened. The result is this powerful ad. Never, never, never decide for others. Speak your truth, your ideas, your dreams. http://ow.ly/DCVno #ksa #collegeplanning #dreambig
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I would love it if this could be the end of this debate.

There was no relationship whatsoever between time spent on homework and course grade, and “no substantive difference in grades between students who complete homework and those who do not.” http://ow.ly/CstEO 

#ksa #collegecounseling #homework
A new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study -- and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves. Alfie Kohn explains.
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Parents - read this. And then talk to your kids about it. They're not going to do the exercises (and please, for the love of all things holy, don't MAKE them) but I love the idea of discussing  a "what's the worst that can happen" list. #ksa #collegeplanning #worstthatcanhappen
Congratulations, you're a college student! For the first time you have free will to spread your wings and lead the life you want... even though you're probably not sure all that entails or exactly what's headed your way....
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Let’s encourage teenagers to discover (maybe with the help of their peers) that the freedom and autonomy they feel when they’re at the helm of their computers is in some ways an illusion, and let’s help them develop the skeptical, critical stance that would allow them to be truly autonomous users of the Internet. #ksa #collegeplanning #teens #computertime
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My friend Amy Austin has set up this fund to assist my family during a challenging time. 
I am asking for help on behalf of my friend, Kimberly Shepherd, and her family.  On January 18th, the gas boiler in her family's 95 year old Cleveland, Ohio home stopped working.  Her husband Shawn has repaired it many times, but this time it is beyond repair.  The replacement cost, based on esti...
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Enter to win your next mortgage payment, up to $2,500 or a whole year's worth of mortgage payments from NLC Loans!
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Motivation Monday: The most courageous act is still to think for oneself. Aloud. - Coco Chanel http://ow.ly/EpKU6 #ksa #collegeplanning #motivationmonday
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The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. - Amelia Earhart http://ow.ly/BeI2Z #ksa #collegeplanning  #decisions
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Why Top Tech CEOs Want Employees With Liberal Arts Degrees http://ow.ly/APDLJ #ksa #collegeplanning #liberalartsdegrees
As colleges across the country begin revving back up, you might want to reconsider your major.
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The Ugly Truth Behind Pretty Pictures: 5 ways to help your kids resist the Photoshop effect. #ksa #teens
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Independent College Counselor
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  • KSA Educational Consulting LLC
    Owner, 2011 - present
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College and Career Coach
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Part Teen Whisperer, part mediator. Crackerjack editor and straight talker. Able to leap small buildings (think Fisher-Price sized) in a single bound.

For 25+ years I've had the privilege of working in college admission. A few years ago I decided to focus on the portion of this work that I'm most passionate about - directly helping high school students with career and college planning. Everything from "what do I want to be when I grow up?" to "how do I become that?" to "where do I study?" to "how to I get admitted and pay for it?" is what I do.

Families hire me to work with their teens. To encourage, guide, cajole and sometimes threaten. To believe in them, to talk to them in a way perhaps no one else can or will. 

I know what I'm doing and I love what I do. Call me for a free 30 minute phone consultation anytime!
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Learned to build a custom database from nothing. Currently being trained by a 1 year old Labradoodle. ADD-enhanced.
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  • Case Western Reserve University
    BA - English & Anthropology, 1987 - 1992
  • Ursuline College
    MBA - Marketing, 2010 - 2011
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