The Transformation course improves self-understanding, builds perspective, clarifies goals, and sets a course for your dreams...

What do you want out of your college experience? You want to perform well academically, experience all your college has to offer, and graduate prepared for the next phase of life. But how will you achieve all these things, and how will you know if you’re headed in the right direction? To live the life of your dreams takes self-knowledge and insight, and this course kindles that fire by teaching you how to practice introspection, build motivation, take responsibility, shift your mindset, build true grit, become secure in yourself, lead the life you really want. You’ll establish considerable goals, clear the path ahead, and set out on your way to accomplishing them. This course is your guide to living a successful, happy, meaningful, and fulfilling life, both now and in the future.

What's Included in the Transformation Course?

All the tools and strategies you need to life a successful, happy, meaningful, and fulfilling life.


    21 video lessons designed to help you build a strong foundation of self-understanding, develop strategies for setting goals and working toward them, and reach your fullest potential.


    All new worksheets and resources designed to help you understand your unique self, capitalize on your natural strengths, establish robust goals, and map a course to success.


    Direct access to your instructors through in-course discussion forums. Your instructors are there for you whenever you have questions, concerns, or a desire to dive deeper.

Why Personal Formation Matters...

No matter how skilled or committed you are, without a strong sense of self and deep understanding of what matters most to you, it can be easy to get lost on the way to your goals. This experience can rob you of your confidence and motivation, and can even distort your view of the future. The guided Personal Formation process laid out here will provide you the insights and reassurance to rise to any challenge while remaining grounded in what matters most - your success, happiness, and fulfillment.

  • Students who enroll in The Empowered Student master course build a foundation of self-knowledge and gain these advantages:

  • Ability to build grit, adopt a growth mindset, adapt to new situations, and rise to new challenges

  • In-depth grasp of motivation, what influences it, and how to harness and turn it to your personal and professional advantage

  • Deep knowledge of your core values, how they interact with each other, and their impact on your experience of day-to-day life

  • Ability to practice introspection and self-reflection in an ongoing and productive fashion

  • Comprehensive understanding of your needs, desires, and priorities, how they interact, and how to align them

  • Heightened personal, academic, and professional goal-setting ability, and strategies for making systematic progress

  • Ability to conduct personal self-assessment, critically measure progress toward goals, and course-correct when needed

How long does it take?

A few minutes a day, a few days a week!

The Transformation course is built on a series of short, focused video lessons, each of which encourages you to take a new view of yourself, your abilities, and your future. In as little as 10-15 minutes a day, you could change your outlook on life! But there's more here for those who want to dig deeper. The journey through the course content runs through the practice of introspection and self-reflection, offering you the chance to return to each topic as you learn more about yourself, build new habits, develop your strengths, and shape your future. This course helps bring your dreams within reach!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Transformation!

    • Welcome to Transformation!

    • How to use this course

    • Before we begin...

  • 2


    • Needs, Desires, & Priorities

    • Understanding Your Core Values

    • Your Goals & Aspirations

    • Motivation 1 - What is Motivation?

    • Self-Reflection & Introspection

    • Responsibility & Accountability

    • Discovering Your Passions

    • Test your learning

  • 3


    • Motivation 2 - Attending to Your Motivation

    • Mindset 1 - What is Mindset?

    • Mindset 2 - How Do I Shift My Mindset?

    • Building Grit

    • Goal Mapping (Part 1)

    • Goal Mapping (Part 2)

    • The Design Approach

    • Test your learning

  • 4


    • Short- & Long-Term Happiness

    • Motivation 3 - Tips & Tricks

    • Being Secure in Yourself

    • Self-Assessment & Measuring Success

    • Rethinking & Reevaluating

    • Leading the Life Your Really Want

    • Test your learning

  • 5

    Next steps

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

Transformation: Personal Formation

Improve self-understanding, build perspective, clarify goals, and set a course for your dreams!

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Meet Your Instructors:

Founder & Executive Director

Colin David Pears, PhD

Dr. Pears was formerly the University Director of Academic Support and Advising, and Co-Director of The Center for Academic and Career Success at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is an expert on student success and retention and has teaching experience at the primary, secondary, and university levels of education. As a higher education administrator he has developed support frameworks and retention initiatives for high-risk, under-represented, and underserved students, served as a professional consultant, and trained faculty, advisors, and academic coaches in important aspects of student engagement and pedagogy. He holds an MA in Political Science and an MA in Philosophy from Boston College, and a PhD in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America.

Senior Coaching Strategist

William Buracker, PhD

Dr. Buracker is the Associate Rector of All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, MD, and the former Associate Dean of the Metropolitan School at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He oversaw the development and operation of a cutting-edge Academic Coaching and Assessment program, which continues to serve as a premier retention initiative for high-risk students. He is an expert on adult and continuing education with a background in student development, retention, and academic advising for both traditional and non-traditional student populations. He holds an MA in Mathematics from NC State, an MA in Theology from Edinburgh University, and a PhD in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America.

Senior Learning Architect

Lisa Weaver, PhD

Dr. Weaver is Assistant Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary, and Executive Director of Women Working on…Well. Lisa has taught at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels, and has over 20 years of experience teaching, advising, coaching, and counseling traditional, adult, and second career learners. Additionally, she has over 20 years of ministry experience as an ordained clergy person. She holds an MA in English and Language Arts Education from Columbia University, an M Div. in New Testament and Christian Origins from Union Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Liturgical Studies from The Catholic University of America.