Forrest Gump spoke nothing but the truth when he quoted his mother , “…life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.” The events of this week have demonstrated how you have to stay prepared because life can change quickly. It is great to see our students, staff, and community have maintained safety precautions that we can adjust as needed. Also, the positive and productive attitude that has been on display during this change in circumstances, and the emotions it brings, has reinforced why this is such a great community to live and work in.
Last week the topic of Grit was introduced in D2 Life Skills on the Moshi campus, and an array of world events have caused us to need to revisit how important the concept of grit is in our lives. Angela Duckworth is the author of a book that explains the research she has conducted on grit in a variety of locations, and we encourage you to glean some insight into her work if you are unaware, or need a refresher after this week’s events. If you would like to take a moment to explore how gritty you are when seeking to accomplish goals in life, we encourage you to see where you fall on the Grit Scale https://angeladuckworth.com/grit-scale/. Once you complete the survey, you will receive your score and a link to resources to help enhance your level of grit. Not only is this important to achieving success in life, but it is essential to helping you overcome obstacles and setbacks along the way. Our Mount Kilimanjaro climbers embody the essence of grit as they seek to achieve their dream no matter what challenges lie in front of them as they take each step up the mountain to reach the peak.
Another way we would like to support our community in building the skills to persevere is via the resources that the counseling team has put together over the course of the pandemic facing the world. Our resources cpnstiute a living document, and we welcome members of the community to share resources with us that you have come across that will provide support and encouragement to our community.
Big news recently came out this week from the College Board about SAT Subject Tests and the optional essay. We invite you to review the announcement as you discuss the implications for your child who may have been thinking about these tests as part of their post-secondary plan. This quarter, Ms. Kate Swope (Arusha Campus) and Ms. Ford (Moshi Campus), will start meeting with D1 students to discuss the creation of their Post-Secondary Plan, as we also assist D2 students with finalizing their plans for life after UWC East Africa. Please stay tuned for parent invites to attend meeting later this semester. Also, parents of M4-D2 students are invited to request Parent Access to their child’s Maia Learning Account where a majority of the post-secondary planning work will take place. You can send an email to me with your child’s name, grade level, your name, and preferred email address in order to be provided access to follow along on your child’s planning journey.
Finally, as always there are some upcoming virtual events for international institutions that we invite students and parents to participate in. We anticipate a lot more will occur in the fourth quarter when institutions in North America have completed their application cycle and are ready to recruit their next class. Please take a moment to review some of the upcoming events on this link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PkurQYYtwz1sdX5b44r22DgdZk4F-U8g/view?usp=sharing
including a couple for institutions in Canada with scholarship information and the links to presentations you may have missed recently.
Take care and stay safe,
UWCEA School Counseling Team