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So far Randy Oakley has created 51 blog entries.

Madison, Texas A&M Graduate, Career and more…

“I no longer have to pretend to be happy, I am happy.”

“We made extensive plans on how to deal with my depression and anxiety while I finished my degree.”

“My relationship with my family is stronger and better than ever.”

Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico

Pacia Puerto Rico has remained open and fully operational with all services except some interruptions with academic services that required the internet for completion.

During the holiday season, we will be excepting new students on January 2nd. Young adults and their parents can begin seeking acceptance for January enrollments should begin the admissions process soon as we already have new enrollments that have secured their spots. If you have an emergency enrollment need, please give us a call to discuss.

Hurricanes and Pacia Life.

For many people who spend time in the wilderness or outdoors, there are two guiding principals that […]

November 25th, 2017|Adults, GAP, Puerto Rico, Surf House|

Holidays 2017 (Nov and Dec)

Dear Students and Parents,

(Please remember that each Pacia location and family situation is unique and may have different needs or advice)

As we move into the holiday season, we send out a generic letter to all of our Pacia families. We are wanting to share information from our many years of learning how to navigate through the “emotions of holidays”  that we feel is helpful for you to consider. Please read over the pertinent information and apply it to your specific family situation as is applicable. This message is only intended to help you brainstorm, ask questions, […]

October 27th, 2017|Young Adults|

Hurricane Maria Update

Hurricane Maria

All Pacia Life services have and continue to be operational except online high school and college courses that require the internet. Students completing High School credits through the University of Nebraska can still complete all homework and progress without the internet. All self-efficacy adventure models including sailing, equine, scuba diving, surfing, mountain biking, Spanish classes, medical and therapeutic services came back online within 24 to 48 hours of Hurricane Maria passing. And, opportunities for personal growth through service on the island are abundant. Pacia Life young adults have often chosen to include both local and international service […]

October 5th, 2017|Young Adults|

Carpe Diem Education

Pacia Life Portland, Executive Director, Sarah Persha was happy to announce that Carpe Diem Education is an official member of the American Gap Association! Sarah states, “What a privilege to be an advisor/trainer to their wonderful teams, all leaving Wednesday with their students to every continent! Thank you for being such wonderful guides to young adults.”

Pacia Life is proud to continue our partnerships with organizations around the world and our role in sponsoring, pre-screening, preparing students, guiding and traveling with young adults in exploring the world we live in!


September 15th, 2017|Young Adults|

TEDx Salt Lake City VIP community event.

Pacia Life has been a partner and consultant to TEDx Salt Lake City since 2014. Randy and Lara Oakley have played a supportive role with visionary Anna Decker Smyth. In this short talk during a VIP dinner with the 2017 sponsors, speakers, and committees that put on the event, Randy shares the evolution of TEDx Salt Lake City and how it has blessed Pacia students and the community of Salt Lake City.

August 31st, 2017|Young Adults|

Temple Grandin – Silicon Vally was created by this population

Sarah Persha and Jamison Taylor from the Pacia Portland Team at US Autism and Asperger’s Conference. A wonderful photo op with the marvelous Temple Grandin, presenter, who emphasized not only the gut flora assessment of anxiety conditions but also placed a huge emphasis on teaching our neurodiverse population what they can do in life instead of what they can’t do. Teaching them W-O-R-K which is the opposite of coddling.

Temple Grandin shares her insights in her TED talk found on this link. Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a child. In […]

August 31st, 2017|Young Adults|

Thank you, Pacia!

Zane is 23 years old and from Texas. He moved to Utah in November of 2015. He wanted to depict his story and thanks through the illustration below. When asked, what advice do you have for others Zane shared that taking the class on the Power of Habit and implementing it into your life is the key to success.


August 31st, 2017|Young Adults|

Haiti – Making a life by what we give

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Winstin Churchhill
 A young adult team from around the country spent a week in Haiti working with local church leaders to give back!
April 29th, 2017|GAP, Puerto Rico|

SALT LAKE CITY — Millennial Magnets: The Top 10 Cities Where Young People Want to Be

Millennial Magnets: The Top 10 Cities Where Young People Want to Be

| Mar 27, 2017 (Click on link to see the origional article by Yuquig Pan)

What do millennials want, anyway? Marketing execs all over the country have been tripping over themselves for years to find the answer. After all, as America’s largest and youngest adult generation, millennials have an insane amount of collective purchasing power, the clout to move markets according […]

April 3rd, 2017|Young Adults|