1. The quiet students in the back that I thought might be texting were really absorbed in the class and listening.
2. That the new “thanks-a-lot” Girl Scout cookies are really yummy and kept me sugared up during boot camps. Thanks girls!
3. That students who have guts and creativity are all around…Check this out: A young man in one of my boot camps completed the “Dream Letter” assignment that is part of the scholarship boot camp. (Learn more in Scholarships 101.)Instead of writing the letter to himself or to someone he loves, he wrote the letter to the mayor and the common council. His letter described his dream of going to college, his lack of funds and how HE is important to the economy as a future college graduate…Apparently, they were wowed because he is going to meet with some big wigs down at City Hall to talk about his ideas and his aspirations. We’ll see what happens from here but I can guarantee that this student is going to have an excellent story to tell on college and scholarship applications because he took this assignment seriously and added his own twist.
Sometimes students only look at “extra” assignments or out-of-school studying as more work instead of looking at it as an opportunity. The students who took the ACT prep class on a Saturday were definitely doing more work but their higher scores are going to translate to more opportunity. Opportunities to be considered by more selective colleges, opportunities to qualify for more merit-based scholarships, opportunities to meet other college-bound students, etc. etc. The same goes for all of the students I met this month who are taking the extra steps to improve their future. Good luck!