Not only during this holiday season but at all times of the year, I believe it is important to stop and reflect on all of the gifts I have been blessed with. I know for most of us, 2020 is a year that we just want to put in our rear-view mirror. Think of it. This year we have survived through a pandemic, hurricanes, major fires, earthquakes, a contentious election and the death of almost 270,000 Americans, many our friends or family. It has been tough for all of us, and has led to many feeling hopeless, lonely, sad, depressed, and grieving. What has helped me to get through this time with acceptance and peace (for the most part) has been taking time to reflect on all that I have to be grateful for, including YOU.
Cultivating a sense of gratitude is a wonderful way to bring balance to my life as well. When the world gets me down, as it has a lot this year, I consciously practice gratitude as a way out of the maze of negativity. I have a gratitude journal, where I list all that I am grateful for that day or that week. Taking time to reflect with ‘an attitude of gratitude’ all that I’ve been given and acknowledge the good that I’ve experienced in my day or week, allows me to feel at peace with whatever is going on. I encourage you to try it.
I am especially grateful to all of the families and students I have had the privilege of working with this year. For the seniors I have supported, THANK YOU for listening and following my guidance. I am excited for each of you as you now wait to hear back from the colleges. You have written those essays, secured teacher recommendations, and completed those applications. Now you wait! For some students, this can be the hardest part. Breathe and know that you have done all you can! Enjoying your senior year and reflecting on what you are grateful for will help you to get through. This is also a great time to begin applying for scholarships. Check with your guidance office for a list of scholarship opportunities available now.
For the juniors, you are just beginning the process. Keep an open mind to colleges as you continue your research. And, know that there is a college out there that is just right for YOU. THANK YOU for listening, sharing your thoughts and working together with me.
As I reflect on 2020, I am very grateful for the faith and trust that each of you has placed in me. I look forward in 2021 to continuing to support you, whether it be with the final college decision process or with college essays and applications.