Welcome to Maximize College

If you’re like most Maximize College clients and subscribers…

you want your child to find a career that brings him or her happiness and security. Your child and you are investing in college because adults with degrees typically have more and better career opportunities.

But you’re not naive.

You know some students invest significant time and money in college, but still struggle to find enjoyment and purpose in their work. Some even struggle to find employment all together. If you want to help your child overcome these obstacles, you’re in the right place.

I’m Dr. Karina Dusenbury, the founder of Maximize College.

I’m a college and career coach who teaches high school students how to find well-fitting majors and careers. When students know how to do this, they can more easily take advantage of opportunities in college and are less likely to waste time and money on classes they don’t need. They also possess the skills they will need in the future to strategically adjust or change their career path.

To serve families like yours, Maximize College offers resources that help students:

  • discover and understand their skills, interests, and values so they can choose a major and career that fits early in their academic career.
  • identify colleges that offer them the support they need to thirve academically and professionally.
  • understand the factors that will impact their ability to graduate on-time.
  • develop the skills employers want but say most college graduates don’t master in college.

Does this sound like what you’re looking for? Then, let’s get better acquainted.
Please take advantage of the opportunities below.

#1: Sign Up for FREE Guides, Videos, and Articles from Maximize College

I have created a variety of free guides and checklists to help your child make the best choices as he or she plans for college and career. Use the box below to get a great starter guide for finding career matches.

I also release new blog articles and videos every month that offer insider tips on major, career and college planning. You’ll get these updates by joining.

5 Strategies to Help Your Student Discover Career Matches

Get this free guide when you enter your name and email address below. You'll receive monthly blog updates and new online course information.

#2: Join me for a FREE Workshop

Beginning in September 2017, I will offer The Major & Career Decision Making Blueprint. This workshop outlines the steps students should take to find their best career and major fits. Families living in and near Fort Mill, SC can attend workshops in-person. Online workshops will also be available for everyone, everywhere. More information about the blueprint workshop will be posted here soon.

#3: Register your Child for a One-Time Coaching Session or Online Course

Many students want and need individualized support as they work to find well-fitting majors and careers. I offer various services to address students’ unique needs. To learn more about the different ways I can help your child, click here.

Here’s a little more information about my professional background and credientials.

I spent 15 years serving students at private and public colleges and universities. I have held positions in academic advising, career counseling, college admissions, leadership development, academic support services, and new student orientation. These experiences have equipped me to address a wide variety of issues that face students as they make career and academic decisions.

I have also collaborated with college faculty members, admissions representatives, company recruiters, and professionals working in various industries. Each of these groups has unique expectations of college studetnts. I have experience educating students about these expectations so that they can make smart choices and stand out among their peers as they network and seeK internship and job opportunities.

I hold a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. I earned my Master of Arts in College Student Development from the University of Iowa, and my Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri. My formal education has given me additional insights into how colleges work and what it takes for students to achieve the results they want in college.

I launched the Maximize College blog in January 2015 and have been seeing private clients since July 2015.