12 Conversations for Creating Successful Second Year Students – Parent Programming Beyond The Fall

Ah yes…Fall on campus! There is nothing quite like it.

New students arrive on campus with their families in tow and begin the transformation from adolescence to adulthood. Cars are emptied, residence hall rooms are filled and decorated, commuter students form a plan of action and friendships are forged. Orientation programs are held to help students meet and acclimate and every student success support system the campus offers is heavily promoted.

But what about Winter/Spring term? The mindset on many campuses is that “everyone knows (or should know) by now all that campus has to offer, be involved in campus clubs and activities and be on ‘cruise control’ toward their sophomore year.” But that is often far from the case.

Many students struggle through fall term and although they survive to move on, they find it was no easy task. The same energy and “newness” is not present at the start of winter/spring term as it was for fall. This can leave students feeling reluctant to ask for help and make them feel apprehensive about their chance to succeed and become a second year student.

What can families do to help their student have the best chance of success and put them in a positive frame of mind to attack the next semester with a vengeance? Talk. For real. Have vital, open, honest, judgement-free conversations that foster a sense of team work and that we are “all in this together.”

Here are 12 conversations to encourage student success

  1. Discuss creating an appropriate communication pattern to adopt to keep each other informed and well connected.
  2. Is the major they are pursuing their true passion? How do they see their future unfolding, or how do they feel about what they (or the family) felt they “should” go into for various reasons?
  3. Have they formed some close friendships and if not, is there a way to get more involved on campus that allows them to meet others and find commonalities that blossom into closeness?
  4. If they entered college in a “romantic relationship” is that relationship still strong and vital or did it change over the course of the first term? If it did, how was it handled and how has it affected them?
  5. Is there an area of their life they still feel unprepared to handle effectively and if yes, what would help them feel more at ease and confident?
  6. Is the campus, their program, their living environment, their social life the right fit for them? If not, what can be done to correct any discomfort or ill fit?
  7. Are they still motivated to succeed and to reach their goals and exceed their expectations? It not, ask why and what can be done to invigorate their effort and attitude?
  8. Have they made friendships and formed alliances? Do they feel a sense of belonging on campus and sense as if they are making a difference?
  9. Do they feel as if their voice is being heard on campus and that their opinion matters?
  10. Have they used any of the many campus student success resources? If no, ask why and help find resources they can use this term to launch them toward success.
  11. Have they learned to manage their time, adopted a healthy lifestyle and created study habits that leave them prepared for class and tests? If not, can they seek out the resources that will guide them?
  12. Did they find a balance between being on campus and visiting home (or others) so that neither overwhelmed the other?


These are just a few of the topics, questions and areas that families can discuss with their student to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that no major area is going undiscussed. When problems or situations are left to fester or ignored as if they don’t exist, they can escalate into much larger problems down the road.

One simple phone call, a nice email, a timely text or a face-to-face visit can make all the difference. No matter how you choose to talk, it’s showing that you care that will never go out of style.



About the Author

David Coleman, 14-Time National Speaker of the Year and the only speaker ever voted Entertainer of the Year for CAM’s Reader’s Choice Awards! He has over 3,500 appearances worldwide speaking to more than two million people! David has been featured in: USA Today, People, Women’s World and ESPN The Magazine as well as having appeared on CNN, Fox and Access Hollywood. Beyond loved, David is inspiring, influential and is impacting someone’s life as you read this!

Getting to Know Zander Michigan: The Ultimate Interview

Ever wonder what happens when Michigan’s most stylish up and coming artist, Zander Michigan, agrees to an interview and says “Ask me anything” ?

You get a fun Q&A session and an inside look at this big talent’s even bigger personality!   


Most memorable music experience?

There are too many to count but one of my favorites is meeting this little dude named Jaxon at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and inviting him on stage to sing Folsom Prison Blues. He knew all the words and was like 5 years old!! What a cool kid! I wish I could be that cool at 5 years old! Here is a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP8JOKFnW40


If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why?

I think I would be a palm tree because I love warm weather. What could be better than literally sitting in the sunshine every single day?? Ooh! Or maybe an olive tree! They live in hot weather too and provide delicious olive oil for the world. It’s like a metaphor for my music. Providing delicious tunes for the world. And I’m Greek too so that fits.  


Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses?

Why fight them?? When you can work together to take the horse-sized duck on tour and make killer money showcasing the weirdness. The duck and I would split the profits 50/50.


What is the funniest/best/scariest thing that has happened to you recently?

Every day is the funniest/best/scariest day. Funny because life is too short not to make jokes and laugh all the time. Best because every day is a gift that’s why they call it the present. Scariest because life is hard sometimes but totally worth it because being tough builds character. That was the absolute worst answer ever but it’s true!


Do you have any idea why tennis balls are fuzzy?

Because dogs love fuzzy things. Tennis balls are made for dogs right?


If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?

“I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred. As I’m typing this I’m laughing and gyrating my hips at the same time at the thought of this actually happening.


Besides being a talented musician, what other talent(s) do you have?

I’m very talented at eating anything that is put in front of me. I am working on becoming tri-lingual. I am the master of puns. My skill-set runs deep as you can tell.  


If you could spend the day with anyone in the world, past or present, who would it be and why?  

Either meditating with the Dalai Lama in India or partying with Anthony Bourdain in Tokyo. Not on the same day preferably.


Bonus Questions:

A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

“Donde estoy?” (Where am I?) OR “Is it still Cinco de Mayo?”. Also who cares why he’s there, let’s celebrate! That would be awesome!


Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

I think Batman (Christian Bale, not Ben Affleck). He just seems more solid and has a lot more fire power. Webs are no match for billions!


What do you think of garden gnomes?

I think of Travelocity. Hahahaha. Does that make me a good American?


You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?

Ride it!!! I would sell my car, buy a trumpet, and ride the elephant everywhere. And blare the trumpet as we come into view! Her name would be peanut and she would be my new best friend. 🙂


For more information about Zander Michigan click here!


Complete Orientation Programming Guide

“Complete Orientation Programming” Guide, Our Custom Approach to OWeek, Welcome Week & Beyond

Metropolis Management has the people and activities you need to pull off the BEST orientation your campus has ever experienced!!

Below is our suggestions for a first day that will knock it out of the park. Call and we can talk through all the options to meet your specific needs. There is so much to consider….

Let us do the work.
You can take all the credit, we don’t mind.

  • Ice Breakers
  • OL/RA Training
  • Parent Programs
  • Hypnotists
  • Music Acts
  • Diversity Speakers
  • TItle IX
  • Leadership
  • Student Success Workshops
  • Increase Retention

Ready to take your Orientation, Welcome Week and Fall to the next level? Call 877-536-5374 or contact us today

The Power of Dance


Ever wonder why people love to dance? From the time we learn to walk it seems we can’t resist to move when we hear a song, get good news, or are waiting for our turn in the restroom. Dancing is an everyday part of life! And for good reason…It’s a very powerful thing. It can Create unity, celebrate diversity and culture. It brings families together and builds friendships. It speaks to our hearts in ways words might not; and it’s good medicine for our bodies and mind as well!


Dancing has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:

  • improved condition of your heart and lungs.
  • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness.
  • increased aerobic fitness.
  • improved muscle tone and strength.
  • weight management.
  • stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis.
  • increased physical confidence
  • improved mental functioning
  • improved general and psychological well being
  • An outlet for emotion and creativity
  • greater self-confidence and self-esteem
  • better social skills.

With all these benefits from dancing, its easy to see how it can be used to enhance our learning experiences and take them to the next level. Think about adding dance to your next event or team building program. Dance Artists like The Body Poets, Kenneth “Xclusive” Paryo, or Snap Boogie know just how to create the unforgettable experiences You’ve been waiting for!  

The Body Poets – http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/the-body-poets/

Kenneth “Xclusive” Paryo – http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/xclusive-comedian-dancer/

Snap Boogie – http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/snap-boogie/

From inclusion and communication to health and wellness…Is there anything Dance can’t do?

The Hypnosis Solution

Your answer for fighting anxiety, managing stress, and creating personal growth!


Let’s start with the facts…

As we approach the start of the school year we are also thinking about student life including their health and wellbeing, it is good to realize the kinds of stress students face, and how some of that stress can become quite overwhelming around this time of year. It is estimated that from 20 to 40 percent of students experience from moderate to severe test anxiety on a regular basis, and over 60 percent suffer from test anxiety at least some of the time. Similar anxieties are experienced relating to final papers and homework in general, to school performance and the possibility of failure, in a particular course or as a student. Compounding all of this can be a myriad of other issues around personal and social life.

These anxieties can have a strong negative effect on a student’s test scores, grades, course completion and self-esteem, and can, by extension, have similar negative effects on the college or university itself, specifically regarding student retention and the school’s performance and rankings.

As the most highly-booked hypnotist in the college and university market, over the years I have come to understand these types of issues, and feel so blessed that my show can really help students feel better about themselves, reduce their anxieties and become more successful – in school and in life. And if they have a wonderful night of entertainment as well, so much the better.

Research confirms what I have long known and practiced: just how effective hypnosis can be in helping students. A study comparing various methods of treating test anxiety, including systematic desensitization, relaxation training, cognitive modification, attentional training, insight therapy, anxiety management training, and hypnosis, found that hypnosis was the most effective approach of them all, and could have a significant positive impact on a student’s anxiety and performance.

The Hypnosis Solution…

sailesh the hypnotist

sailesh the hypnotist

When students learn how to effectively deal with stress and anxiety, visualize better performance on tests and homework, identify and reduce negative self-thoughts, and take on other positive habits and tools, they will be happier and feel better about themselves and about school, they will enjoy higher test and course scores and become better, more effective students, and they will be much more likely to complete classes, stay in school and graduate.

Unfortunately, few students can achieve this without help, and many who suffer from test anxiety, or from other anxieties which are holding them back feel there is nothing they can do to improve the situation. Those who have heard of hypnosis may be reluctant to go to a stranger, or into a cold, clinical environment, and expose their anxieties and problems. And even if they might consider such an option, a truly effective hypnotist may simply not be available, or may be unaffordable.

This is where I come in, offering life changing workshops or even a night of hypnosis and comedy that is fascinating, fun and uproariously funny. I was recently named “Best Hypnotist in the World” by MTV Europe, Campus Activities Magazine’s “Entertainer of the Year” for 2016/2017, and the APCA 2017 “Entertainer of the Year” and “Hypnotist of the Year” in 2014 and 2017.

As gratifying as all of this recognition may be, much more important to me is, and always has been, students’ health and well-being. If an evening of unforgettable entertainment can also be an evening of positive messages, learning and growth, it can make an enormous difference to them. They can overcome anxiety, realize new levels of self-esteem and personal empowerment, become much more successful in school and enjoy the experience much more. And they can use the same tools and techniques, and enjoy same the positive effects, for the rest of their lives.

Get started on the path to success…

Click below for more information on Sailesh’s workshops and entertainment offerings!


Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 3 steps to Mr. Rogers Orientation

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

3 steps to Mr. Rogers Orientation

Contributed by Mitzi Sinnott

Hey, Did you get a chance to see Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

I wasn’t a regular of Mr. Rogers, my show was Captain Kangaroo as a little one. But last weekend my friends prompted me to see the documentary on his life, so I went by myself hoping it wouldn’t be a waste of time.

Was I surprised! From the jump, my heart burst as I learned Mr. Rogers guiding philosophy. Those sock puppets with corny voices? On the real, they spoke about power, fear, assassination, and the war in Vietnam.

I found myself holding back tears to the point I almost gasp out loud. Laaawd, I didn’t expect any of this!

Mr. Roger’s casting of actors wasn’t the norm for the time either; gay, women, people of color were a real part of the neighborhood. His underlying theme: you are lovable just the way you are… mistakes, pain, bratty behavior, every part of you is lovable.

Mr. Rogers guiding mission made me think about the work you’re doing on campus. Helping students build, explore and find ownership and agency in their lives. What if you designed a MR. ROGERS STYLE ORIENTATION for Fall 2018!??  My 3-part planning prompts are below.

3 Steps to a Mr. Rogers Orientation

  1. As the program director/team leader create brave space by first sharing a story when you’ve felt powerless, afraid, or unsure. Talk about what’s really going on, especially in challenging times. Its guaranteed people are already feeling these things and ultimately will be grateful that you set the tone.
  2. By acknowledging their individual story. Sometimes it’s a simple as listening and/or sharing aspects of one’s story among peers can be incredibly powerful, bonds formed are the building blocks for commitment and positive social change.
  3. “The Dot Game” is great way to help others understand how we unconsciously and consciously separate and segregate into groups. Each time I’ve facilitated this exercise, I’m astounded by the revelations from participants.

Creating an experience where students & staff connect at the heart level is powerful. If I can be helpful in designing a larger experience for your campus, call Metropolis Management 1-877-536-5374

Watch Mitzi’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfd0cJr2F6E

Learn more about Mitzi here: http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/mitzi-sinnott/


Redefining Self Care

A look at body image, bad habits and true self care. 

The self care misconception

Oh, Self Care…how we love you! But do we really know what self care is?

Since the definition of self care is not one-size-fits-all, it can mean just about anything to anyone at any given time. With such an open interpretation its not hard to see how the term can be abused and even justify unhealthy/destructive behaviors.

Wait, what?

YES, its true. Before you say “Not ME!” let’s take a look at some “self care” habits that are really more harmful than good. Making that personal purchase splurge that puts a strain on other financial obligations, Watching the entire season of your fave Netflix series even though you have a mountain of stuff to do, Having that extra drink or two or three (or more) -hangover and work the next day be damned.

While this all seems pretty obvious, what about things that are good for you? There’s a gray area that can quickly turn from self care to self harm if not checked. We know things like going to the gym, saving money, and pursuing educational/work goals are great; but excessive exercise, extreme dieting, obsessing over body image, shutting out friends or loved ones and neglecting relationships to meet our goals crosses over into unhealthy territory.

So how do we know when we’ve crossed the line?

Well, self care is supposed to make us feel good. Its a tool to refresh our spirits and bring joy.

If you find yourself feeling more empty or have created more stress by treating yourself, chances are you are no longer practicing a healthy brand of “care”.   

We wouldn’t let a friend continually make PLDs (Poor Life Decisions) or watch silently as they form a collection of detrimental habits in the name of self care. Why the hell should we allow this for ourselves? We need to be our own ally and best friend first and foremost

This can take a little work, especially if you’ve wandered down the path of self destruction for a bit. Luckily, there are many ways to repair and build a healthy self relationship. Try out a few self empowerment & help books, attending a self hypnosis workshop or a lecture on self love/body image to get you started.  Working in a group setting is extremely helpful since it connects you with others who are facing similar issues. Think of what positive advice you would give to a struggling friend or what kind words you could share with them; then face a mirror and apply those same caring ideas to yourself.

The bottom line here is that true self care is LOVING and CARING for yourself.

Whatever that might look like to you, just be sure that it enhances your wellbeing and promotes positive growth.

Metropolis Management has great options to cultivate healthy self care habits! From stress reduction, personal growth/success to relationships and body image – we’ve got you covered!  

For more information on all of our speakers: http://metropolismanagement.com/coleman-speaks-roster/

Or check out our top picks!

Sailesh the Hypnotist: http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/sailesh/

Dr. Megan Stubbs: http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/megan-stubbs/      

David Coleman, the Dating Doctor: http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/david-coleman/

Jinahie: http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/jinahie/

Work Smarter Not Harder

4 tips to avoid burnout!

Nothing beats a job well done…except when it leaves you feeling completely burnt out.

When feelings of burnout start to occur, short-term solutions such as taking a vacation can certainly help, but the relief is usually temporary. To avoid burnout, focus on strategies that will have a deeper impact, and create lasting change.


Here are 4 tip to consider when you start feeling the burn:

1.K.I.S.S. (Keep it scheduled and simplify.)

While you may have a mile long task list, trying to jam it all into your day planner may make you sacrifice essential free time and feel more overwhelmed. Instead, Find a daily routine that is easy to follow and then schedule your top work priorities accordingly. If the thought of “free time” sounds unproductive, remember that it acts as a buffer; to give you the time and space needed to tackle any unforeseen circumstance that pop up without putting you in a time crunch.  

2. Delegate

Part of the simplifying process from above is to delegate. When looking at your priorities, figuring out when and where you can delegate is key to making work assignments (and your schedule) more manageable. You don’t have to go it alone!  At Metropolis Management, One of the things our speakers can do is facilitate trainings and retreats – instead of the advisor doing the work, we step up and make it as stress free as possible.

3. Rediscover Your Purpose

Look at the deeper impact of what you do every day; how does your work make life better for other people? How could you add more meaning to what you do every day? Focusing on the bigger picture can recharge your motivation meter, giving you the energy you need to take on another day of being awesome.

4.Turn Off “Work Mode”

Remember the daily routine from step 1? Make sure that includes time to step away from the daily grind! Give yourself time to enjoy your favorite hobby, exercise, or just relax. This really serves to keep your work/life balance in check and prevent future burn out.  

For More information on training, retreats, or how Metropolis can help take the stress out of your next event visit: http://metropolismanagement.com/

See our Speakers! http://metropolismanagement.com/coleman-speaks-roster/

“The anger sharks are swimming in my head” – Time for Positive Action!

“The anger sharks are swimming in my head”

We’ve all been there at some point – or even regularly – in our lives. And its no wonder why…with increasingly high expectations, never ending workload, and pressure to live up to the “highlight reels” of success we see constantly on social media. Finding yourself being stressed out and irritable is never a fun time. Unless you’re the Incredible Hulk and can use your anger to help fight the forces of evil, being perpetually miffed doesn’t do much good.



Here’s 4 steps you can take to get yourself back on track.


Acknowledge your emotions

Ok, you’re pissed off…now what? Take some time to acknowledge your emotions and feel mad. Set a timer for 5 minutes and feel it out. You might find that allowing yourself a moment to feel angry instead of trying to brush it off or cover it with a smile can prevent a single negative experience from taking over the whole day and creating even more problems.


Ask yourself why?

Anger is an emotional indicator; like a human check engine light, it tells us when things need fixed. But just like the check engine light, it doesn’t tell us exactly what the problem is. Go ahead and ask yourself why you’re mad. Often times there’s more than one answer and it can be helpful to make a list or even a flowchart to find the root of what’s really setting you off. Additionally, identifying the cause gives us perspective to our emotional response and makes finding solutions more manageable.


Find a Solution

You’ve found the underlying cause, or at least a prime suspect; are you surprised by what you discovered? Your feeling could be a direct result of mistreatment or wrongdoing OR stemming from stress, lack of sleep, frustration, fear, or just being plain ol’ hangry. Whatever the reason (or combination of reasons), rest assured there’s a way to work through it. Think up a few solutions (not revenge plots) that could work for you and give them a try. Remember to be patient with yourself and others during the process. And If you find the issue at hand is bigger than you expected, its always ok to ask for help.


Take Action!

The smallest actions can make a huge impact when it comes to diffusing your crappy mood. If you’re able, begin taking steps to put your solution to work. This could mean setting up a time to talk it out with a friend or counselor or adding some extra “me time” to your schedule. Actually making plans will encourage you to follow through with getting what you need even after you’ve calmed down.  But what if you need a quick fix to keep the anger sharks in check? Try these techniques!

  • Go for a walk
  • Treat yourself to your favorite coffee or tea
  • Listen to some soothing music or an audiobook/TED Talk
  • Do a random act of kindness
  • Meditation or self hypnosis
  • Find something to make you laugh
  • Be creative: doodling/coloring
  • Aromatherapy with essential oils or other pleasing scents  

The takeaway here is to remember that anger along with other negative (and positive) emotions are all part of being human. While we can’t and shouldn’t avoid our feelings, there are ways to redirect their path. It is totally possible to go from bad to better instead of bad to worse.






Sailesh, the Hypnotist has programs to help with headspace. Learn more about Sailesh! http://metropolismanagement.com/portfolio/sailesh/

Learn more about our speakers speakers and workshops:


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Welcome Week is Coming

Remember when we said Welcome Week was right around the corner? We weren’t joking! But that gave us an idea: Comedy during Welcome Week. What better way to ease nervous first years and entertain jaded seniors than comedy improv? We recommend Face Off Unlimited–you can even add a team building workshop!

Welcome students to campus with Face Off Unlimited!

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