We know that this time of year can be stressful, especially if you are waiting to hear back from independent schools that you applied to. Liz Schmitt, chief enrollment and student affairs officer at Miss Porter’s School, has some advice on navigating these weeks and all of the emotions that come with them.
Smile. Positive behaviors lead to positive attitudes in yourself and others.
Never lose your optimism. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” (Winston Churchill).
Have courage. To be human means to have fear, anxiety, sadness, and anger. Courage means having fear and moving forward anyway.
Remember to say thank you. Expressing gratitude leads to growth.
Learn to say no. To create happiness, we sometimes need to do less, not more.
Create a positive reality. Our reality is created largely by where we choose to focus our attention. Focus on the positive. Be a benefit finder and encourage the same in others. Happiness creates success, not vice versa.
Be a life connoisseur. Slow down, play, reflect, enjoy, sleep, exercise, eat well, absorb, experience.
Recover. Find places and spaces to recharge and restore.
…And we know we’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating:
Unplug. When you “power down” (turn off your cell phones, laptops, iPads, televisions and more), you allow more room for creative thought and reflection. Set aside connection-free time each day to improve your health and mental sharpness.
Communicate. Communication is the essential key to understanding in school and life. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of teachers, parents, or peers, and when answers are given, be sure to actively listen.
Stay healthy. Be sure to get enough sleep and eat a balanced diet. Also find time to do something fun or restful every day.