Game Changer Interview: Christine Chapman

Game Changer Interview: Christine Chapman

Name of Your Business

Personalized Educational Solutions, Education Station and The College Axis Project.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

I am a helper by nature. I feel most fulfilled when I am able to be of service, advice and counsel that is of value. I take my role as a college coach very seriously and believe that I am fulfilling my life’s purpose.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

My ideal client is the student and family who are open to finding their best educational matches. I really believe that in this increasingly competitive and complicated college landscape, that there are so many paths that a student may pursue and that it is always the path that is uniquely one’s own that is the most meaningful. I love listening to students, understanding what their goals are and helping strategize and coach them to reach for (and achieve) their goals.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

Personalized Educational Solutions strives to personalize each student’s educational plan as he/she gets ready to embark on completing a rite of passage, doing deep reflection, pushing him/herself out of her comfortable places and digging deep. We do this by supporting students with academic tutoring, standardized test preparation, academic and college planning. We also offer a combination of private and small group options, endeavoring to make college counseling and academic support accessible to as many families as possible. My business partner and I have also just opened up a nonprofit called The College Axis Project with the intention to bring the work we do to underprivileged students across the country.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

I guess my greatest role model was my mom. She was a selfless giver. She also worked a lot. Regardless of her commitment to her work, her kids were her priority. I think that’s something that I have always emulated as a mom, and as a working, single mom. My kids and I have been through a lot together, and they know that I have needed to work a lot to pay the bills and to sustain our lives. We’ve been so blessed to enjoy such a high quality of life. But no matter what, my kids know that if they need me, I’m here. No matter what. And that I am their greatest fan, champion, and support. Even when I don’t agree with them.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

My favorite place to escape and refuel is probably the beach. I also enjoy walking in the woods.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. I sing.
2. I go on walks/hikes. I meditate. 
3. I do yoga.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I sing. I write.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey. I love the memoir that is a book about how to live life. And I do have a crush on Matthew McConaughey. I had to listen to the audiobook, too.

Favorite Movie and Why?

The Greatest Showman. It inspired me so much that I decided to push to start Education Station as our second venture as a result of watching that movie.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

I am exactly where I am supposed to be, right now.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Being the mother of my two amazing children and 500 hours of yoga teacher training.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

If you show up, and do the work, the universe provides you with what you need.

Advice to Younger Self?

Don’t be afraid to be honest, to reflect deeply and to step into your power. You have so much to offer.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

I love that I have been given one really important gift–the gift of being able to connect empathically with students and their parents. It has been the conduit to truly meaningful work and deep long lasting relationships with my students.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

Do it! Even though I don’t get to the space, I love the virtual community, and Jen and her staff are amazing.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

If you have connections to families with high school students, I can be helpful in preparing them for the college process, including essays and interview prep and academic advising, etc. Our personalized approach really sets us apart, as does our private and group engagement opportunities. Please check us out at www.pesglobal.org and at www.educationstationhopkinton.com.

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Exclusive offer for SheBreathes readers:

I always offer a free profile review for any student and parent–it’s a 30 minute private evaluation of your student’s profile. It offers the student and family an opportunity to ask questions and get a read (after a review of materials sent in advance) on the student, including a timeline and the opportunity to ask questions. Contact devon@pesglobal.org to learn more and schedule yours!