A minister friend says he once sat next to a tele-evangelist on an overseas flight to Vietnam, and my friend asked what he thought had made him so successful. The evangelist answered the question by saying, “I only hire people who have been broken and rebuilt.” He called such painful transitions “crucifixion-resurrection experiences.”
A student who has been expelled from school feels broken and is looking for a way to re-group, re-invent, and re-build. Often this involves creative and industrious activity during the “gap year” before the student makes an attempt at principled readmission into the former school or re-energized admission to another institution of higher learning.
Academic coaching can assist the student in the “gap year” with carefully crafted meld of the right coursework, part-time employment, extra-curricular activities, impression management, and getting the right letters of recommendation from the right people.
All this is closely related to the student’s establishment of a personal brand and a narrative for life that involves re-visiting some assumptions (e.g., career choice), learning from one’s mistakes, and growing from a painful experience. It can be a sad waste of human capital if this transition is not handled properly, and academic coaching can help with it.
— Andrew J. Billups