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Students Aren’t the Problem.

We live in unprecedented times.  We face serious challenges.  Lately, those challenges have seemed so monumental that many people are starting to lose hope.

  • Young people believe the American Dream is a myth.
  • College student anxiety and depression are at all-time highs.
  • 18-22 year olds report the highest levels of loneliness of all Americans.
College student anxiety is at an all-time high.
College student anxiety is not caused purely by technology.

Technology Isn’t the Problem.

The great challenge we all face is that technology is evolving faster than we are evolving culturally.

The current generation of students are the product of that gap between technological advance and cultural lag.  The way students use technology may actually be contributing to college student anxiety.  The unprecedented access that technology gives them to, well, nearly everything, has allowed us to overlook the things that technology cannot do:

  • Access does not guarantee connection
  • Information does not guarantee wisdom
  • Awareness does not guarantee justice

Here’s the Good News

We can help students.  If we view the challenges above as skill deficits, then we can focus on skill development as a solution.

“Conquering College Anxiety” is a virtual program designed to highlight the simplest, most practical ways that students can develop skills that will help them feel more empowered and capable of achieving whatever they want while they’re in college.

In this virtual presentation, Paul Ramsay brings his expertise as a former educator, the strategies of a practicing hypnotist and Strategic Intervention Coach, and the energy of a nationally touring entertainer to serve you and your people.  Paul uses Zoom and the Kahoot! app to poll the audience about specific challenges they face, and tailors his presentation toward the information he gathers so that students are getting practical applications of the core content.

Together, we can do something about college student anxiety.

Conquering college student anxiety

45 min Format

  1. Developing Awareness: Fight, Flight, and Freeze
    1. Many people have heard about fight or flight at some point in life, but the there’s a third element of our threat response system that’s rarely discussed, and that’s “freeze.”
  2. Identify Your Primary Threat Response
          1. People rarely bridge the concept of this old mechanism in our brains to modern cultural behaviors.  How does the fight/flight/freeze actually affect us in the modern world?
  3. Skill Development: Hack Your Vagal Response
    1. The vagus nerve is the single longest nerve pathway in the human body, and it does some really important things, yet most people have never even heard of it.
    2. We’ll practice three simple techniques in the virtual session that can have quick and meaningful impacts on the way students feel.

90 min Format

In the longer format, Paul uses the coat-of-arms as a metaphor for living a purpose-driven life.  Participants develop their own coat-of-arms as an exercise in values clarification.

  1. A Brief History Lesson
    What was the function of coat-of-arms in past culture, and how can we apply it to ourselves today?
  2. The Brain Loves Symbols
    Paul explains an important principle from nearly two decades as a hypnotist and personal development coach.
  3. Giving and Receiving: Practicing Compassion
    1. We conclude the presentation with practical strategies for connecting with other human beings.
    2. When we feel truly connected, socially and spiritually, loneliness disappears.