Testimonials from Passion Spark Students

Testimonials from Counselor, Students, & Parents

We love our testimonials because they are real people speaking their truth about Passion Spark and its positive impact.  This page begins with a letter from a Director of College Counseling whose students benefited from Passion Spark.  Next are comments from students themselves about how much value they found from Passion Spark.  If you scroll a bit further you will find comments from parents of our Retreat participants.

Two 6-minute videos present our participants in their own words, and one video shares opinions from experts in the realm about how important Passion Spark can be for students lives, now and in the future.  Please click on the buttons below to link to these videos.  

Video:  Retreat Participants

Video:  Participants and Experts

LETTER:  DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COUNSELING

STUDENT AND PARENT TESTIMONIALS

“I’m so grateful to have done this. Overall, it gave me time and almost permission to be selfish and think about what I want in life.”

“It eased my stress about the looming future by teaching me to follow my passions and helped me discover what those were. It gave me a clear path to follow along.”

“It gave me a lot of inspiration to move forward in exploring what I want to do in my future, and inspiration to take action to get to those places, and has given me the necessary tools to build that successful career.”

“I really loved this retreat because it gave me the opportunity to find out what I am all about. I feel more motivated and excited about my future now that I went to this retreat! I loved the fun environment!”

“I learned what my passion was, and the most important part of this retreat was having the time to think.”

“It’s a good step-by-step course that allows you to feel comfortable and learn a lot about yourself. Overall, it was an amazing experience.”

“I now know how to find the right certificate programs, scholarships, and colleges. We had some good laughs and some heavy conversations. I know about my passion and my path to college much better now.”

“Breaking it down so well and not leaving any details out of the process helped me realize that this life-long dream I always had can be made into a reality. Wow!”

“I feel this retreat has granted me a life of passion and therefore happiness. I made new friends I never would have met If I hadn’t attended the retreat. I went home everyday feeling great about myself and my future.”

“This experience has vastly broadened my views for career choices for my future. It is so rare to get time and people together and just pause our lives to focus on our future. I feel so inspired, grounded, and excited for my future.”

“This retreat has honestly been an amazing experience. I came here with skepticism and am leaving with a feeling of contentment and confidence. This retreat has solidified my forward path in life and has answered a lot of big questions.”

“I could go on forever about how lucky I am to have had this experience, but in all honestly, words cannot express my gratitude. So I will leave it with a simple thank you.”

“I did eventually find my passion, which is crazy because I never thought I had one. Now I will be able to go into the world and have an idea of what I want to do.”

“This retreat has not only showed me how to connect all the dots between what I want to do and how to do it, it has also provided me with smaller details of everyday things I can act on to increase my chances at success.”

“It was an environment that was safe and non-judgmental. Several of my questions I had previously have been answered. With kids your age going through the same exact thing you are, it was reassuring to know that you are not alone in your uncertainly. I am very grateful for a program like this.”

It was inspiring and soooo well thought out, from the videos, to the prompts, to the discussions. I loved it.”

“It gave me the time I needed to sit down and think about what I’m going to do. At home it’s so hard to take this time to just think about it there. Here you have time to just focus on your future and through it you can really find the path meant for you.”

“I enjoyed looking at career options and matching them to passions, and then being shown the steps to take and how to take them in order to put yourself forward. I found the steps toward colleges and career were very helpful.”

“I have never felt so enlightened. (I think that’s the perfect word to sum up my entire experience here.)”

PARENT TESTIMONIALS

“My daughter, Sarah, loved the retreat. She has found a passion to pursue and if she finds out along her road that maybe it isn’t for her, she now has the tools to look into and pursue other areas she is passionate about!”

“I appreciate my daughter’s recharge for school as she understands how her current academics apply.”

“While my other son was in high school, it wasn’t until it was time to apply to colleges that he began thinking and stressing about what he wanted to do as a future career. As a freshman at UCLA, he is still trying to decide if he has made a wise choice of his major.”

“Both teens felt the instructors were great. I truly appreciate that my children received this enlightening opportunity and most definitely feel the program was beneficial.”

“My daughter expressed her desire to pursue her dreams on a daily basis – one small step at a time. I am grateful she understands that the biggest dreams all have much smaller steps that are consistently achieved.”

“I feel like Sarah is in a much better position to be able to find a path that she is passionate about and will be able to embrace it with confidence!”

“I really wish my son had the benefit of the Passion Spark Retreat Workshop and the mentors or he wouldn’t be in this uncomfortable unknowing position that he is in.”

“Ash liked the retreat and said all the participants were positive and motivated. She said it provided her with insight on how to research careers and apply for colleges when the time comes. She also said the food was delicious.”

“Passion Spark was needed to give her a better sense of direction and a solid starting point. Passion Spark immediately gave her confidence and an awareness of her talents and interests.”

“She is more organized with her assignments and time management because she understands the importance of these character traits to her future profession.”

“It has taken a lot of the stress away from looming college applications and life’s big decisions! She really has benefited from what she has taken away from the workshop!”

“She attended as a high school sophomore. She loved the facilitators and her fellow attendees.”

“Jake liked the relaxed atmosphere, said the people were nice, and the college grounds of the location were awesome.”

“My daughter Billie was unsure and nervous about her future and potential career choices that would satisfy her both financially and emotionally.”

“By the end of the program, she had developed a much more specific plan for her career that well suits her. She enjoyed meeting other teens that related to her situation throughout the process.”

"Intelligently matching passion to career"