What is UnMazed?
Our mission is:
To provide individuals or families with current, quality resources and strategies for high school to college success.
UnMazed began as a part of the doctoral work of the founder, Amanda Sterk. While working as a full time college and career counselor, Amanda looked for a "one stop shop" to which she could point students and parents who had questions about the high school to college process; such as academic skills, social and emotional support, college and career exploration, and overall student success. Dr. Sterk's mission is twofold; 1) to help parents and students navigate the transition from high school to college with ease and 2) collaborate with educational experts to provide current, quality, relevant information to those who need it. UnMazed exists to create a comprehensive, user-friendly destination for anyone looking for guidance through the high school to college process.
Unmazed partners with both professionals and participants in the fields of education and career pathways, bringing a wealth of expertise and a freshness of experience to its community pages so that a great many voices and perspectives can provide us all a richer understanding of the challenges facing high school students, parents, and professionals today.
Dr. Amanda Sterk, Founder & Director, College and Career Counselor
Amanda is the Director of Accelerated Programs at Florida Southwestern State College, where she works with students, parents, school counselors, and school districts to understand and participate in accelerated learning programs in SW Florida. She is currently an adjunct professor for the SLS 1515 course, that transitions students into a college environment. After 15 years in education, she brings her passion for helping individuals realize their full potential through strategic planning and reflective growth. Her responsibilities include content creation, presentation, and collaborator relations.
Her current projects include:
FutureMakers Coalition Partner
Florida School Counselor Association, College & Career Readiness Committee
Southern Association of College Admission Counseling, Blogger
SW Florida Parent & Child Magazine- Expert Spotlight
C'reer App, National Advisory Board
Building College Readiness: Growth Before Grades State Conference
College Preparedness and Transformational Teaching Strategies: A Case Study of Success for Early Colleges- Dissertation Study
High School Students with College Degrees: Barriers, Implications, and the Way Forward- Current Study in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University
What does Unmaze mean anyway?!
From the Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia "unmaze" is defined:
“To relieve from terror or bewilderment.”
And the Oxford Dictionary went a step further, defining "unmaze" as:
“To render (a thing) less confusing, bewildering, or labyrinthine; to make less like a maze.”
Yes, and Yes! That is exactly what we all feel going through the labyrinth or maze of life! Our hope with this website is to be that guide, relieving bewilderment and making less confusing the path to success.