Remembrance and Healing
With a challenging week of technology hopefully far behind us, there was lots of time to reflect and think about what is important in life. This has also been a time of remembering those we grief and some of the difficult days we have had to overcome. In order to build resilience it is important to be able to have a healthy way of dealing with grief, but also developing special ways to celebrate as we remember the past.
A creative strategy for thriving through grief is to understand T.E.A.R.S. This anagram by Dr. Christine Hibbert was introduced in an article titled Healthy Ways to Navigate Grief https://psychcentral.com/blog/healthy-ways-to-navigate-grief/
When you are going through a time of loss, it is important that you allow time for your T.E.A.R.S., which include: Talking; Exercise; Artistic expression; Recording emotions and experiences, and Sobbing when the actual tears come. It is also important to find ways to honor the lives of those who are no longer with us, or the challenging season we have come through. We encourage everyone to find the strategies that work best for them, and/or work within the community to create special ways to commemorate and celebrate what you have come through. If it is too difficult to do this, we always welcome you to reach out for help from the counseling team if it becomes too difficult to access strategies at any time.
There is another side to life, and that is continuing to be optimistic about what the future holds. This inevitably leads to exploring university options, and there are quite a few to consider in the upcoming months. This past week we had an excellent presentation about applying to the UK. The representatives from two UK universities delved into the many options available in the UK, completing a UCAS application, and tips for writing a Personal Statement. If you missed this presentation, please reach out to Ms. Ford Counselor_moshi@uwcea.org for a recording and the slides.
Next week the focus will be on universities in Canada, with three days of presentations just for our community from a range of institutions across the country. On Monday we will be visited by Memorial University of Newfoundland, on Tuesday we have five institutions from different provinces presenting on their institutions and the different processes for applying to Canadian universities. Then on Wednesday, we will be visited by the University of Alberta. Please take a look at what is coming our way, and register today.
In addition, on Wednesday, 18 November, there will be a fair sponsored by EducationUSA in sub saharan Africa that will allow students (and parents) to connect with a range of institutions throughout the US. The registration deadline for this free event is 14 November.
List of upcoming College/University Virtual Visits:
Wishing you a weekend of wellness, and a wonderful week ahead.
Asante sana na wekiendi njema,
UWCEA School Counseling Team