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Enjoy your last months

14 Feb

I’m sure that if you’re a senior you’re thinking, I can’t wait until this is all over!

With all the pressures of testing, college applications, senior projects, scholarship paperwork and interviews — it’s just challenging to be a senior!

I totally empathize! I well remember thinking I could not WAIT until I was done with chemistry and essays and long bus rides to and from school. And then it was all over.

The rest of your senior days will fly by — and then you’ll be sobbing on graduation day, because those days are gone and you will realize that you won’t be seeing your friends much anymore.

I often see students experience a form of grieving, actually, that they didn’t let their thought process slow down some in the last months, especially — those months when you are sharing the traditional senior activities. Prom. Senior show or play. Senior banquet. Senior project presentation. Baccalaureate. Senior trip. And then . . .  commencement and grad parties.

Open your eyes. Soak in the sights and sounds of the various characters in your class. Someday, believe it or not, you’ll look back on these days with fondness and even wistfulness.

I’m not in the least encouraging you to give in to senioritis tendencies. Nope, not at all. If you do, you’ll regret not doing your best . . . and could lose scholarships and even worse, entrance into your chosen school.

Yes, the college years are wonderful! However, the demands are even greater intellectually and personally. So, for now . . . enjoy the moments!

 

 

One GREAT resource and gift idea for graduation is this cute book. It’s available for pre-sale now and a perfect gift for both high school and college grads. 

Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Lessons-Grads-Graduates-Succeeding/dp/1683970462/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1518646938&sr=1-1&keywords=50+life+lessons+for+grads

The best teacher gifts

1 Dec

Seniors, it’s a good time of year to think about writing thank-you notes for those teachers who have written letters of recommendation for you. Emails are not sufficient. Write a written note and hand it to your teacher. This should be several sentences long and demonstrate your sincere appreciation for that hour-plus effort your teacher made in your behalf.

If you’d like to do something more, here are other ideas . . .

Edibles:

  • Homemade cinnamon rolls, bread or dinner rolls
  • Small box of chocolates
  • Homemade fudge or other candy
  • A small plate of cookies
  • A small fruit tray

Other ideas:

  • Cute sticky notes
  • A small package of thank-you notes
  • An ornament
  • A pair of socks
  • An inexpensive pair of gloves (think: dollar store!)
  • A candle
  • NOT the kitschy, teacher-y gifts

In other words, keep it simple.

However, here’s what I think would be the BEST presents for a teacher:

  • A visit: Just stop by the teacher’s room the last week of school and say “Merry Christmas!” Teachers are super-stressed that time of year, and a smile and hello would mean a lot. However, keep it short–just a “hi, thinking of you” and a smile would be great.
  • A Christmas card or a note: The words Thank you for all you do! could keep that teacher going for another day, month, or season of teaching. Truly.
  • A phone call: Call the school administrator and tell him or her what a great job that teacher is doing. Those words will filter down and bless that teacher immensely.
  • An email . . . here are a couple suggestions:
    • “Is there anything I can do to help you in this busy season?”
    • “Could my child stay after school one day this week to grade papers for you?”
  • The benefit of the doubt and your trust: Teachers work hard, do their best to grade fairly, and truly do care about their students.
  • Your prayers: Teachers get discouraged and exhausted. Pray for moral and physical strength, wisdom about discipline matters, insight about teaching strategies

Honestly, I do not remember gifts I was given over the years, but I DO remember the students and parents who treated me with respect and kindness. Those gifts are the best.

Merry Christmas!

Free money for college

1 Nov

Many states have grant programs that assist students with college expenses. Grants are money gifts that do not need to be paid back. In California a student who demonstrated financial need according to the guidelines is receiving the following this school year:

  • University of California: $12,630
  • California State University, $5,472
  • Eligible private colleges, $9,084.

If you do not live in California, do a search on college grant money in your state by Googling like this: “your state name + financial aid.” For example: “Oregon + financial aid.”

In California you must do two things to be considered for a Cal Grant, and requirements are similar in other states:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between Oct. 1 and Mar. 2 (www.fafsa,ed.gov) — listing the schools for a Cal Grant FIRST.
  • Make sure your high school has submitted your Cal Grant GPA verification. Verify this with your high school counselor.

The California Student Aid Commission encourages all students to apply for a Cal Grant, even if they THINK their parents make too much money (for income/asset limits, http://www.csac.ca.gov/facts/2018-19_income_and_asset_ceilings.pdf.

It is possible that a family’s income picture can drastically change overnight — so it’s good to have the paperwork requirements in place if that happens.

See your counselor today for more information!

 

Hey, parents! I’m VERY excited that this wonderful gift book for grads will be available this coming spring from Worthy Publishing–just in time for your grad and their friends. More info on ordering will be coming soon!