By Kristin Hiemstra A shameless believer of human potential, Kristin is as dynamic and energetic about career issues as a nice person can be. She combines real world knowledge from her many years of hiring experience in Washington, DC with a decade of college admissions experience.
  • You and Everyone Else

    August 10, 2015 at 10:47 am

    The need to conform starts early. For me, it was elementary school, when I had to have a powder blue satin jacket with Shaun Cassidy’s picture on it and a comb in my back pocket so I could blend in at the roller rink. I was painfully attuned to the in-crowd, and desperately wanted to […]

  • Slay Your Dragons

    August 3, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Life is a series of challenges. We all have dragons we must confront. In mythology, dragons guard gold and virgins – two things they have no use for. They are greedy and selfish. In life, our personal dragons steal our potential. They are things like addiction, gossip, lying, laziness, unfettered screen time, lashing out at […]

  • Make Someone Laugh

    July 27, 2015 at 10:37 am

    In life, we are all traveling somewhere. First, we have to figure out where we are going, but the next decision is equally important. That decision is regarding the attitude we want to embrace on our journey. People arrive at their designation laughing, crying, rich, poor, energized, spent, happy, sad, etc. Rest assured that your […]

  • Four Ways To Reduce Holiday Stress

    December 23, 2014 at 5:00 am

    The holidays… they are AWESOME and, of course, incredibly stressful. Our fond memories come from a time when we didn’t have to do any of the work and got all of the rewards. Ahhhh childhood, why did you leave me? Then adulthood somehow set in, and suddenly Bob Rivers’ “12 Pains of Christmas” was a […]

  • Free Gap Year And Exchange Programs

    August 28, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Going straight to college is not what everyone wants to do. Sometimes you just need a little adventure in your life! Here are some free gap year options: 1. Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program offers graduating high school seniors the opportunity to live with a German host family, participate in a […]

  • Networking For Job Leads

    July 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

    We hear the word “networking” all the time, but what does it really mean? The answer is quite simple: it means connecting. As a job seeker, it is our task to connect with as many people as possible, because each person represents a new friend and a potential job lead. Think of the random funny […]

  • Great Advice For Graduates

    May 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

    With school graduation right around the corner and Spring in the air, one thing is for sure… change. The saying that ‘”only wet babies like change” reflects our resistance to changing the status quo. Most of us would prefer to remain comfortable in whatever our circumstances at that moment but alas, that is not an […]

  • We Are “They, Them and Someone”

    April 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    “You know what they say…..” “I can’t believe they are doing that!” Mia Burroughs, my guest on this week’s Art of Potential show, is currently an elected School Board member who is now running for Orange County Commissioner. As a young woman Mia made the following comment to her parents about a situation, “Well someone […]

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    Launching Your Business

    April 11, 2014 at 10:05 am

    On this weekend’s Art of Potential show, you will hear some great advice about how to start your own company from Alec Guettel, Social-Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UNC. Guettel was recruited by UNC’s The CUBE (Creating University Born Entrepreneurs) program because he has launched five start-ups including Axiom Law and Sungevity, a leading rooftop solar company. The […]

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    5 Secret Strategies For Planning An Awesome Road Trip

    March 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Whether your inspiration is Norman Rockwell or Chevy Chase, a family road trip can be the highlight of the summer. You are guaranteed to create life-long memories. The question is will they be memories of joy, or of your bundles-of-joy pulling each other’s hair out? These few tips can make all the difference. They are […]

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