A path to purpose

Liang-navigateBoston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development Professor Belle Liang and Tim Klein, a licensed certified social worker, have taken the science and knowledge they gained through their experiences as educators, mentors, and practitioners and channeled it into a new book, How to Navigate Life: The New Science of Finding Your Way in School, Career, and Beyond (St. Martin’s Press, 2022). The co-authors share a framework that helps students find their “purpose”—or “true North”—which is the key to harnessing the core qualities that lead to choosing a course of study and a career. Liang and Klein have devoted their careers to counseling students and providing guidance that slices through the daily pressures to achieve, whether they are imposed by society, parents, or peers, or are self-inflicted. Their systematic advice prioritizes cultivating students’ self-discovery and drawing out their intrinsic interests—the antithesis of the “snowplow parenting” style of child-rearing driven by fear, obsession with future success, and the constant impulse to shovel obstacles from kids’ paths. Read more in BC News.

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