"The Meaning of your life is to help others find the meaning of theirs." - A student's correct guess as to what Austrian psychiatrist Viktor Frankl wrote on a piece of paper regarding the meaning of his life.*
JHI Pathways is an educational consulting department located within the John Hughes Institute (JHI). Its primary goal is to mentor students towards self-discovery through an understanding of fit, with an emphasis on the rites of passage process of choosing a college, a major, graduate school, and career paths. Just as Professor Frankl's student suggested, the meaning of our life is to help you find the meaning in yours. In particular, we focus on three primary areas: interest/preference assessments (MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, Corsava), developing your college list, and the development of the essays.
At the same time, just as a sports coach trains and develops athletes to make them competitive enough to win (rather than to guarantee a win), we instill within our students the skills and confidence needed to make them competitive for the admissions process, rather than guarantee admission to a particular school. As the IECA states, "an IEC doesn't get you admitted—they help you to demonstrate why you deserve to be admitted."
*Frankl, Victor E. Man's Search For Meaning. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006: 165.
Sue Lewak is the Director of Programs & Development, IEC & writing teacher, and the Web Text Editor & Writer/Communications Specialist for the John Hughes Institute/JHI Pathways (a department in JHI).
With a decade of experience in higher ed. administration, and a decade of experience in teaching at the college level, Sue has a Ph.D. in English Literature (UCLA), as well as a Certificate in Independent Educational Consulting (UC Irvine). She is an MBTI® Certified Practitioner, a Strong Interest Inventory® Certified Practitioner, an Associate Member of the IECA, and a member of WACAC.
While at UCLA, she was twice the recipient of Outstanding Teaching Recognition Awards, and was the recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award from the English department, where she taught courses in literature and film as a lecturer, instructor, and graduate teaching assistant. She was also an undergraduate academic advisor (College Academic Mentor or CAM) with the College Academic Counseling unit in the College of Letters and Sciences, where she advised undergraduates in course/major selection and post-graduate paths. Finally, she was an Instructional Technology Consultant with the Center for Digital Humanities, guiding faculty through the process of integrating digital tools into their classrooms.
In addition, she has a background in international education from USC, where she both worked with international students at OISS (now the Office of International Students), and researched the trajectory of international students to and in the U.S. (as a graduate student and teaching assistant in the department of anthropology).
Through JHI Pathways, she mentors traditional and non-traditional high school and college students through the college/transfer admissions process, major selection, graduate school planning, and career advising. She also offers writing workshops that focus on creative nonfiction and the college admissions essay.
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