Ambitious Students' Bootcamp

3 Weeks


Cohort-based Course

A Socratic Process For Highly Capable Students To Achieve Self Invention, Find Their Tribe, Determine Goals for Meaningful Impact

Course overview

Deliberately build self-identity and vision

Let's fast track your growth with practical frameworks that school doesn't offer. Ditch fear of failure, start dreaming big, explore the world and find the niche that is unique to you.

This is your ticket to being a driven and creative problem-solver, an idea hunter and producer, a confident leader.

You don't want to wait until after Uni or when you are unhappy in your first job to ask yourself who you are and who you want to be.

Do it now and you will be years in front. What are your values? Strengths? Types of intelligence? Role models? Aspirations? Fears? What's the tribe that you crave? What problems do you want to solve?

How do you get to where you want to be? What frameworks can help you the most?

Your parents and I advanced as if blindfolded and acquired lessons along the way. Here you can find the lessons you need already packaged and ready to go.

This course is very time sensitive. It is urgent for ambitious students aged 14-25. It will save you anger, frustration, and thousands of dollars.

As an ambitious student, you want to find out how and in which field you are going to change the world, make money and find self-worth.

School does not help you figure out what success looks like for you. This is what we will discover together.

Then we will look at mindsets, habits and strategies to get you there.

The course is fast, but very intense. I need your commitment. Don't do it for your parents, Don't do it for your teachers. This is for you. Are you ready?

Who is this course for?


Driven students who want to be ahead of the pack, and save years, money, and frustration.


Highly capable learners with much to offer to the world, but unsure what future to pursue or how to pursue it.


Students who need to move from being told what to do to thinking with their own head, being driven, having an impact.

What you’ll get out of this course

We will be clear on the rules of the game.

We will start actively using the top frameworks for happiness and life satisfaction.

We will open the fan of experiences and hunt down environments that will develop character and skills.

We will apply creativity in problem solving.

We will build self-identity profiles: character strengths, skills and key experiences

We will use frameworks and prompts to reflect on experience and attitudes.

We will investigate character traits, values, leadership, creativity, activity, service, role models, cognitive biases, limiting beliefs and more.

This work can then serve as the basis for applications.

We will research problems, technologies, and role models.

We will build our T: what topics to we want to explore superficially? Which ones do we want to explore in depth?

Who should we follow as role models? What problems do we want to solve? Can we already define a mission?

We are going to work on our individual definition of success

Everyone in the cohort is ambitious, but for what? Everyone's definition of success will be completely different and just as valid.

Keeping in mind our values, experiences and aspirations, we are going to draft individual definitions of success.

What habits, mindsets and strategies are going to help us on the way?

From emotional awareness and emotional control, to areas of comfort and areas of control, from love of experimental failure to seeing problems as opportunities, we are going to spotlight top mindsets, habits and strategies to get to our definition of success.

By the end of the course, you will have developed insight, a map of your goals, and mindsets, habits and strategies to reach them.

This course includes

6 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

24 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

19 projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    Apr 19—Apr 21

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Apr


      The Game: Inventing Yourself. These are the rules

      Sat, Apr 20, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM UTC

    • Apr


      Let's figure out what success looks like for you

      Sun, Apr 21, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM UTC


    • The Game: Inventing Yourself. These are the rules

    • Let's figure out what success looks like for you

  • Week 2

    Apr 22—Apr 28

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Apr


      Who are you now? Clarity over your values, fear, priorities

      Sat, Apr 27, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM UTC

    • Apr


      Hunting for Ideas and Opportunities

      Sun, Apr 28, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM UTC


    • Who are you now? Clarity over your values, fear, priorities

    • Hunting for Ideas and Opportunities

  • Week 3

    Apr 29—May 5

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • May



      Sat, May 4, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM UTC

    • May


      My Goal Map

      Sun, May 5, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM UTC


    • Mindsets

    • Your Goal Map

  • Bonus


    • Managing your Dopamine

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You can have this course as a private one-on-one mentoring, rather than group sessions.

It will be completely tailor-made to you. Just get in touch at mc@ambitious and we will organise.

What parents and mentees are saying

        My daughter started MC's mentoring last year. It's been crucial for her personal and academic growth. We could see her change almost in real time. Mariacristina managed to unlock Ginevra's phenomenal hidden potential. Having a mentor to help teens discover passions and goals makes a big difference in their future.


Mum of 2
        Thanks to Mariacristina's mentoring two of my daughters are acquiring new skills and awareness of their interests and potential. They are learning a lot about themselves, but also about the opportunities the world has to offer. Everyone should do this course. (Julia does job interview coaching – got the job – and applications to Master Degrees)


Mum of 3
        Mariacristina is an excellent mentor! She is helping my daughters find their path in life with enthusiasm and amazing skills. So grateful. Best investment I ever made! (Irene focuses on personal development – Georgia is going through an in depth search of Philosophy and Art degrees around Europe to find the best Uni course for her.


Mum of 3
        If you have an adolescent child, Mariacristina helps teens be more self aware, thus happier and more successful. I can tell by personal experience: she is great! (Noah has got a clear vision for his future. He's learning mindsets, strategies and means goals to get to his ultimate goal.)


Dad of 3
        It's been a life-changing experience for me! I definitely recommend it. Thank you Mariacristina for all the support and guidance you gave me. (Jennifer started with personal development and self-identity building, went on to finding her tribe and applying to UK and US Unis. Already accepted in the UK, she's waiting to hear from US.


Aspiring Physicist (18)
        The passion you put into mentoring these young talents to gain self awareness, and the experience you have and share with them, let your mentees be ready to take on the challenges that await them.


Dad of 2
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There are 3 scholarships for this course.

If you are from a lower socio-economic background, or if you live in remote locations, please apply writing to detailing the reasons why you would like to participate in the bootcamp on scholarship.

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How do you actually get insight? It is no lightbulb moment.

How do you actually get insight? It is no lightbulb moment.

What if you coasts?

Most adults never worked on self-awareness, so they react haphazardly to what life throws at them. This results in reacting with erratic behaviours, frustration and strife.

Is this what you want?

Let's work on your hidden potential instead.

Meet your instructor

Mariacristina Saraceno, Coaching Ambitious Learners Worldwide.  
MSc in Applied Neuroscience, MA in Diplomatic Studies.

Mariacristina Saraceno, Coaching Ambitious Learners Worldwide. MSc in Applied Neuroscience, MA in Diplomatic Studies.

Call me MC


My uncle was a highly capable learner. He committed suicide at age 17. That's why I care and why I have made it my mission to support ambitious life-long learners.

I have 4 teens, all with distinct strengths and interests, all in the process of figuring out what success looks like for them and what sort of problems they want to solve in their lives.

I combine sales and training skills learnt in the City of London working for Bloomberg and Salomon Brothers with Neuroscience/Mental Health knowledge from my MSc from King's College. On top of that you get my diplomatic background from my MA and from being Honorary Consul to Papua New Guinea. You benefit from my personal development background, and ASIST and Mental Health First Aid qualifications.

As a coach, I have helped many students with the content of this course. I have also helped them apply to US universities and prepare for job interviews.

Seeing the ambitious students I serve thrive gives me energy and life satisfaction.

My mission is to support ambitious students and their parents in the transition to adulthood with personalised career advice, personal development and application/interview coaching, no matter where they may be in the world.

You will benefit from my enthusiasm and expertise alike.

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Recordings will be available, but the live sessions are where the magic happens

2hr on Saturday and Sunday, 3 weekends
  • What to Bring

    Ideally you will have a dedicated Notebook and pen, a phone and a computer or tablet.

    If you have 2 devices, it will be easier for you to do some research, or to fill in some task when prompted.

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects.

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams, and make friends.

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you. You can support each other and become accountability partners through your adventures.

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