Fearless Part IV: Handling Rejection (College Apps Edition)

So, you got that thin envelope, huh? Or maybe you received a pretty standard and stale email? A quick scan of the note goes directly to “sorry,” “unfortunately” or “regret” or other similar synonyms. You toss it in the trash and try to throw your feelings out along with it. Rejection feels like betrayal. This institution you’ve placed so much faith in, this institution you’ve dreamed of, this institution you’ve loved for so long doesn’t feel the same way. It’s an unrequited love, and you now feel like the scorned lover. Whatever do you do? Just keep swimming! 

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Fearless Part III: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions (College Apps Edition)

Kermit Says… is back, and with lots to share! Apologies for my absence, but these last few weeks have been quite a whirlwind filled with non-stop travel for job interviews. With every application, resume, cover letter, educational philosophy, recommendation letter, phone interview, and on-campus interview, I can’t help but see parallels between my current experience and my students’ as it relates to their college application process. Just as I had to keep up with my teaching load and prepare for day-long interviews with demo lessons, my students have also had to balance school work and college apps with sports practice and extracurricular activities. It’s exhausting and draining, but boy does it pay off in the end! My hope is that I will receive offers from the amazing schools to which I’ve applied, and I can’t help but hope the same for all students. There’s nothing like seeing your hard work pay off. So, once those acceptances start pouring in, how do you make a decision?

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Fearless Part II: Stressful or Stress-Free? (College Apps Edition)

Balancing three classes, athletics, arts, co-curriculars, extra-curriculars, sleep, food, and personal time was (fairly) manageable before (whew!), but you’ve recently added college applications to the mix, and now you’re running on steam. How in the world are you still standing?

Look, I’ve seen the result of such an exhausting and overwhelming schedule manifest itself in stressed out, overworked 17 and 18 year olds, and it ain’t pretty! So, in this edition of the Fearless series, here are some tips on how to remain stress-free during stressful times!

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