Dreaming of the Beach!

Hi all you beautiful wonderful happy SQUEE-Peeps!!!

I don’t know about you, but I’m dreaming of the beach.  And not just any beach … some Lake Michigan beaches.  Little Sable Point Lighthouse in Mears, MI, and the lighthouses in Grand Haven.

Mary Kate's Favorite Michigan Beaches

If you’ve never been to Michigan, then you, like me, might be surprised to know that Michigan has some beautiful sandy beaches with brilliant blue waters and gorgeous sunsets.  It’s true.  There is sand in Michigan.  And sandy beaches.  (Check out the Sleeping Bear Dunes!!!)

Growing up a sun-loving, beach-cruising, flip flop-wearing punk kid in Florida, my first visit to a beach in Michigan was filled with scoff and me being entirely unimpressed.  I mean, what was a Great Lake compared to the Atlantic Ocean?  Seriously???  But that was the immature me.  LOL.  After a few years in Michigan, when I met and married Paul, I needed picture ideas for my dad’s Christmas present – a monthly calendar for the new year.  After taking all the pictures I could of Dexter and Ann Arbor, I needed to expand my horizons, and my dad was career Navy … so I thought, “Lighthouses.”  A Navy man must love the water and lighthouses.  … And so began my eye-opening awakening to the beauties of Michigan and the maritime culture.

Since then I’ve become a Great Lakes-ophile.  I looooooooove so many of the beaches.  I’ve written about them (Love AND Revenge and Damn, Girl. That Sucks.), and they even inspired me to travel to Duluth, MN to see the Split Rock Lighthouse which sits along the North Shore of Lake Superior … and the geology there … and the rocks … SO COOL!!!

So as the temperatures warm and the sun gets brighter and happier, I’m thinking of the beach and wishing to be there.

What’s your favorite beach that you’ve ever been to???

Happy Friday!!!

Hugs and Silliness,

Mary Kate :0)





SQUEE NEWS!!! Announcing my upcoming book!!!


How to Write the Best Medical School Personal Statement, Ever!  My new book (a significant part of one of the flagship courses in my new online pre-health, academic, and life learning academy) is coming to you soon!  I’ll be talking more about the academy in upcoming posts, but for now … if you or someone you know is preparing to apply to medical or dental school, this book is for you!!!

How to Write the Best Medical School Personal Statement, EVER! Announcement, Mary Kate Kopec

This lively, straight-talking, essential, full-color resource walks you through every step of the process of writing your best personal statement, ever – from writing your Free Form Write (content discovery) to picking your Best Key Features to writing your first draft and then honing and crafting until you achieve your Best Shining Draft!  It’s a workbook, classroom, caring mentor, and supportive guide all wrapped into one AMAZING, one-of-a-kind resource.  You won’t find anything like it on the market!!!

Not only does How to Write the Best Medical School Personal Statement, Ever! show you how to write the best personal statement via a case study reviewing and analyzing the evolution of a personal statement from Free Form Write through 6 key drafts, including Best Shining Draft, it also provides helpful and informative guidance on what to do, what NOT to do, and provides in-depth analyses at every stage, including descriptions and discussions of Common Mistakes you will most definitely want to avoid.  And more!!!

How to Write the Best Medical School Personal Statement, Ever! includes my essential, quality insight as a Pre-Health and Academic Advisor (previously at the University of Michigan – advising the second largest pre-health student population in the U.S., now independently consulting), educator, scientist, mentor, life coach, and author.  My unique combination of experience, skills, aptitudes, and talents come together to help you achieve your best and desired success!!!

Stay tuned for more information about the release date of this book and the launch of my new online success and learning academy – The Best You PAL Academy.

Can’t wait to share more with you!

Mary Kate :0)