10 Steps to College Success
Read about Sara's personal experience with eating disorders and body image.
91% of women surveyed on college campuses have attempted to control their weight through dieting.
The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females.
47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.
69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape.
42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.
81% of 10 year old girls are afraid of being fat.
Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder.
Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder.
When women look into the mirror today, what do they see?
The ideas of having a healthy body image and “loving yourself” are things that all people, not just women, strive for. We all know how important those two things are—but with a society that rewards an unrealistic ideal and a popular media that insists that we find our self worth in a number (What size are your jeans? How much do you weigh? How many inches is your waist?) how is it possible to find the inner peace and confidence needed to achieve those things?
Mirror Mirror is an interactive body image acceptance workshop, designed to apply the principles of acceptance and moving forward that exist in improvisation to acceptance of body image. Sara Shaw smoothly engages participants in discussions about body image and eating disorders in a safe environment, and teaches them how to stop wishing they looked like someone else, and start accepting and appreciating the incredible, unique person that they are.
Through personal reflection, improvisation performance, discussion, and group activities, this program seeks to break new ground by confronting issues related to body image, eating disorders, and self-acceptance.
At times hilarious, poignant, and uplifting, Sara Shaw’s Mirror Mirror is a perfect fit for new student orientation, residence hall programming, Women’s History Month, or simply an institution seeking to address this tough issue with its students.
Let’s learn to stop looking for validation in the mirror…and start looking beyond it.
Contact Sara to find out how to get this workshop on your campus: Email
And make sure to read Sara's personal story that helped inspire this powerful workshop.
The secret to succeeding in college isn’t necessarily knowing where all the buildings are or memorizing policies and procedures. It’s making connections.
10 Steps to College Success blends student affairs practices and theories with hilarious skits, role playing, and student interaction. Rather than being “talked at,” students are invited to engage in a program designed to help them not only survive their freshman year, but thrive in it.
Sara Shaw’s 10 Steps to College Success brings a troupe of seasoned improvisers to your school to help students navigate the uncertainty of a new campus and form a positive connection with your campus from the start. Sara will work with you individually to tailor a program that meets your school’s particular needs, and speaks directly to your demographic. Every program is unique! Created in collaboration with your students and staff, your 10 Steps to College Success isn’t just a performance--it’s a once in a lifetime experience that has never been done before, and will never be done again.
Contact Sara to find out how to get this workshop on your campus or at your workplace. Email
Trust Fall creates team building through improvisation. How much easier would it be if we could stop competing and start collaborating? Wouldn’t it be nice to sit in a meeting and feel comfortable sharing ideas and starting conversations without the fear of saying the wrong thing or having your ideas shot down?
Whether you work in a corporate office, a small business, a student government, or an educational institution, the experienced Trust Fall team of Sara & Jennie Adams (see below for bio) can design a workshop to address team-building issues using a process that helps break down that uncomfortable barrier people often feel around co-workers or other students. Contact Sara to find out how to get this workshop on your campus or at your workplace. Email
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Want the benefit of a skilled, extemporaneous speaker but don't see a workshop that quite fits your needs?
Sara would be delighted to talk to you about creating a customized program that fits with your audience's needs. Please contact Sara today to start the process!
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"Sara and the rest of the group did a great job communicating, planning, and executing the event. They taught us more about collaboration in 90 minutes than we likely could have learned all day at a business seminar." - John, Momentum Inc.
Jennie Adams is a performer with The Harrisburg Improv Theatre's house team OK Jones and is co-manager of and performer with No Artificial Sweeteners, an all-female improv troupe who perform benefit shows for charities. She is also a graduate of HIT's levels 1 and 2 improv classes taught by New York City trained improvisers.
She performed for many years with Gamut Theatre Group's house improv troupe TMI Improv and has also been featured as a guest artist with The Oxymorons and Don't Break the Streak - two of the preeminent improv troupes in the area.
She has led many improvisational workshops to folks from different ages, backgrounds, and skill levels from beginners to experienced performers, from Girl Scouts to scientists. In 2011, she taught Improv 101 at Gamut Classic Theatre in Harrisburg, an 8-week beginner improv class for students with little to no experience.
She lives in Hummelstown with her husband Sean and their two daughters.