We are in interesting times and as an educator, I believe that positivity will guide us and move us forward. This quote resonated with me on this beautiful Friday afternoon. The sun is shining after historic rainfall in the San Francisco Bay Area and I wish for a positively influenced weekend.
“A Pessimist Sees The Difficulty In Every Opportunity. An Optimist Sees the Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” Winston Churchill
The college admission decisions for the high school graduating Class of 2016 are now in our rear view mirror. The decisions made are being analyzed by parents, students, educators and admission professionals. This analysis will help inform the process for 2017.
But, what has been interestingly discussed is what admission officers are seeking in the submitted admission files.
They are seeking ‘heart’. They are seeking a student who is committed to learning, committed to something they are curious about and seeking an applicant that will be a good fit for their learning environment. This goes above and beyond data defined by Grade Point Average and Test Scores. While important, these sole data points to not help inform admission decisions.
In a time when our students are pushing themselves to unhealthy limits, it is essential that educators communicate the importance of authentic engagement and not predicated engagement.