In 2008, I was accepted into Kuwait University's M.A. Program in Comparative Literature. I was 22 years old. At first, I was focused and was even honored as the top student in 2010. However, unlike some of my colleagues, I never completed my thesis.
During this time, my grandmother passed away, and other events compounded the internal turmoil I felt and continued to feel long after. Throughout this challenging period, I focused on writing and its healing properties, performing slam poems, leading creative writing workshops, and speaking to students about the power of language and literature and how they shape what it means to be human.
Over time, I gained some recognition for my work in Kuwait, and ten years after my first experience as a graduate student, I returned to higher education, this time moving thousands of miles away from home to study Creative Writing at Columbia University in the City of New York.
I promised myself that this time around, I would practice the tools I had developed over the decade. Using those tools helped me publish two books and, by 2018, receive an Arab Woman Award from Harper’s Bazaar Arabia in the category of Inspirational Woman for my impact on Kuwait’s creative landscape. I was excited to revisit my graduate experience at the end of 2018 with a deliberate strategy that paid as much attention to my personal aspirations as it did to my academic and professional goals.
By the time I left Columbia University, I had successfully completed not one, but two theses (in poetry and in literary translation) during a global pandemic, at a time when my country’s airport was in lockdown, my student visa was running out, and the contract for my student housing was nearing its end--all while dealing with other uncertainties such as relationship breakdowns, health concerns, and family troubles.
Not only have I managed to achieve my academic goals despite external and internal chaos, but I have also managed to pay off all my student loans a few years after graduating.
It's important to remember that human beings are thrust into a vortex called life which doesn’t stop when we embark on higher education.
If the aim is to complete one’s academic projects without getting overwhelmed, we could remember that a healthy mindset is deeply rooted in understanding what it means to be vulnerable as well as resilient; and forward-thinking as well as flexible.
An academic coach can help you attain work-life balance while navigating this perilous terrain.
In my coaching and mentoring business, I also help you develop writing and support systems that lead to a more enjoyable graduate experience.
As your coach, I will also remind you to appreciate your blessings and take pride in your efforts throughout your graduate experience.
WHAT IS COACHING?
Liberation from Limited Thinking
Coaching helps individuals improve their lives.
Coaching doesn't help people strive for perfection; rather, it helps us become more acquainted with our core values. These values are the guiding principles that bring genuine fulfillment to our lives, enabling us to become more compassionate parents, attentive partners, dedicated creators (writers, painters, musicians, YouTubers), and so on.
Furthermore, these values empower us to stand up for ourselves, our beliefs, our loved ones, and our community, allowing us to experience more agency over our choices and to enjoy a more authentic self-expression.
Hence, it's important to note that coaching isn't about positive affirmations or pretending to be happy all the time while ignoring negative emotions and troubling thoughts.
Instead, coaching involves a process of restructuring our thoughts that is accompanied by real changes, and these take time to develop. This is why most coaches, including myself, offer packages instead of single coaching sessions.
Put differently, coaching provides a framework that encourages individuals to break free from their limiting thoughts, and it provides the support that helps clients gradually build the life they long to live by leaning more into their authentic desires.
Ultimately, a successful coaching relationship is one that empowers the client.
And by the end of a coaching package with me, specifically, clients should feel accomplished, having achieved their goals, transformed their limiting beliefs, or experienced greater fulfillment in their everyday lives.
How do Coaches Achieve Their Aims?
What is Gained from Meaningful Questions?
By asking meaningful questions, coaches:
What Do You Get From Working With a Coach?
As a support system, coaching provides the client with:
COACHING TRACKS FOR STUDENTS
Regular & Expedited
A Regular Coaching Track costs:
720 KD (60 KD per session).
In a Regular Track, clients receive:
An Expedited Coaching Track costs:
390 KD (65 KD per session).
In an Expedited Track, clients receive:
Each session follows the client's own agenda.
And packages are renewable for clients who want more time with me.
I CAN HELP YOU
The aim of a coaching relationship is to create dynamic, forward-moving energy as coach and client focus positively on the client's visions and goals.
As an academic coach, I provide a practical framework to help students combat fear, doubt, writing block, and other forms of overwhelm.