In December of my sophomore year of college…
life threw me a major curveball: my mom suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. We buried her the day before Christmas Eve, 2014.
This was a new low in my life, but it was my catalyst for change.
My mom worked hard her whole life, doing the best she could while dealing with her personal traumas, and died without being truly happy or achieving her dreams.
I didn’t want to follow in her footsteps, and while I enjoyed my Environmental Science major, I knew I was meant for more.
To figure out my path, I decided do something that I’d always wanted to do, but been too scared to do: travel the world. I enrolled in 3 online courses from my university that spring, and took off to Europe for 8 months by myself.
During that time, I discovered my passion for helping other people, and I knew exactly how I was going to do it.
Hi, I’m Veronica Schofield, academic success coach for high school seniors and college freshmen. I help you eliminate the stress of applying for and getting into college, and equip you with the tools and skills to succeed through your freshmen year.
From a young age, I’ve always excelled at school; neither of my parents graduated high school, but I knew that I wanted to go to college. Studying and getting good grades didn’t come easy, but I knew that if I worked at, I could get great results.
From elementary school through my senior year of high school, I got straight A’s. I was on a clear path to university. My parents didn’t understand why I wanted to go to university, but it was a big accomplishment.
I struggled my way through university applications, student loan applications, getting reference letters, writing admissions essays - it’s a lot of work!
And coming from a public school in a low-income neighbourhood, we weren’t expected to go to college.
So when I got acceptance letters for my two top-choice universities, I proudly exclaimed my excitement to my parents - I did it! The hard work paid off!
And… then they informed me that they couldn’t help me. They couldn’t contribute any money, and suggested I should get a job instead. I was on my own.
I could have given up, but I didn’t. It was disappointing, but it didn’t stop me from going after my dream of being the first in my family to attend university.
I worked various jobs through high school, saving to pay for my future education: overnight shifts at McDonalds, working a morning shift at Starbucks followed by an evening shift as a host at a restaurant my senior year.
Fast-forward a few months, and I had made it happen. I was on campus at a university I had dreamed of going to for years. On the outside, it looked like everything was going exactly to plan.
On the inside, I was overwhelmed. I didn’t know how to study for college classes. I underestimated how hard they would be and how much work they would take.
That led to me being put on academic probation in my freshman year after getting 2C’s and a C-.
This was a major blow to my confidence, after working so hard to achieve straight A’s in school, and overcoming the struggles of growing up in a low-income neighbourhood with parents who struggled with mental illness and substance abuse issues.
This was a wake-up call - clearly I didn’t know what I was doing, I had no support, and didn’t know who to turn to for advice.
This is when I did what I should have done from the beginning - I quit all my jobs, applied for more financial aid, and committed to learning how to study effectively and efficiently, and get on top of my time management and organization so I would never be that unsuccessful again.
My passion is helping students to successfully get through this transitional period in their life without the stress, worry, and headaches that I did. Even if you have the world’s most supportive parents, figuring out what you want to do, funding your education, successfully navigating freshman year, and surviving applications while also finishing senior year is stressful - that’s where I come in.
I’ve been through the struggles so you don’t have to.
My only goal is to help you thrive and make choices that are right for you… because it shouldn’t have to take a major turning point like a parent dying or nearly failing for you to pursue the right path for you.