I know this week we’ve been talking all things patience, and I oftentimes feel as though the morning rush is really testing said patience. With sleep still covering my eyes and drool fresh on my pillow, making breakfast is the last thing on my mind. In fact, it’s not even on my radar. If this sounds all too familiar, here’s a quick and easy recipe to get you out of the door in a hop, skip, and jump!
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!
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?
Red, puffy eyes. Uncontrollable yawns. Broken alarm clocks. Sound familiar? It certainly does to me! We’re approaching the end of our first month of the school year, and I don’t know about you, but students (and faculty) are already pooped! #tgif
In just a few short weeks, I’ve heard a number of moans, groans, and petitions for required nap time, and so I find myself wondering from where such lethargy comes? In such a busy world as boarding school life is, students and faculty are required to juggle adequate sleep, work, sports, clubs, extracurricular activities, meetings, three healthy meals, class, and personal downtime. Are there even enough hours in each day to devote time and energy to every single commitment without forgetting what matters most: YOU? In the midst of reflecting on such feelings, a student recently approached me wondering the very same thing. With an air of curiosity, she asked me how I take time for myself?