Ready, Set, Pause…
Waiting on the internet has been quite an experience recently. Just after typing the title of this message the internet froze, and an unexpected moment of reflection began to unfold. We are all learning how to take a pause in life due to recent events, and in the process, are hopefully learning more about ourselves and how we handle when things don’t go the way we planned. This is an important life skill as we think about how we handle disappointment or frustration, and what we model for others in our lives, especially for the younger people who are always watching.
What is the first thing you do when something does not work out the way you planned? Have you found a way to make that a mindful moment? Do you take the pause as a welcome break from a mundane task? How are you turning disruptions in the routine into a moment to inspiration that leads you to do an old task in a new way?
We all need to pause from time to time, and allow our setbacks to turn into opportunities to explore life in new ways. It can make the wait (ie. for the internet to return) quite a different experience.
Speaking of waiting, it has been well worth the wait to bring a fabulous counselor to the UWCEA Counseling Team. It is with tremendous enthusiasm we welcome Dr. Robin Peterson to the Arusha campus on a part time basis. We are already exploring ways to collaborate, including the formation of a peer support program to provide secondary students with skills to help others deal with the challenges that life can bring. Stay tuned for more information as the counseling collaborations commence.
One thing that continues not to pause is the flurry of activity coming from the world of university admissions. We had 3o students apply to university over the weekend, and another 20 aiming for deadlines prior to 1 December. This will be a busy month, and we encourage students (and parents) to joining the virtual visits that are providing essential information to assist with the college planning process. On Tuesday we had a great presentation from Mr. Musa Khalidi from UWC Davis Partner Scholar Partner institution St. Lawrence University. He spoke with D1 and D2 students about the process of applying to US institutions, and what his campus has to offer to the diverse community of UWC graduates.
Next week we will continue November Apply Month with a focus on applying to the UK. On Tuesday, we will have a presentation from two UK institutions presenting exclusively to our community about the benefits of a UK education and the application process. In addition, on Sunday, 8 November, there will be a huge fair for Dutch institutions, which is becoming an ideal international location for students around the world. Don’t miss your chance to learn more, and see what else is coming your way on this link.
Asante sana na wekiendi njema,
UWCEA School Counseling Team