Handling the Pressure of Academic Pursuits

Happy Friday, RISERS! I hope this week has been good to you. We made it through one week of TCAP testing this week, and I released a new book. Now, I need to get the rest of the stuff out of my head. So, if this week you likewise felt the pressure of testing (or other challenges of life), this weekend is your chance to unwind. You’ve got this!

Quote of the Week: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Joke of the Week: How do you comfort a grammar teacher? Say, “They’re, there, their.”

Nugget of Wisdom of the week:  This week, I want to piggyback on my post from last week. When it comes to your courses in school, if you are doing your best, don’t let others make you feel as if you are not making the grades you should be. Mindless wisecracks from your peers or well-intentioned prodding from parents or teachers can sometimes be discouraging. It may help to remind yourself that we all excel in different areas. Math was never my thing, but I love a foreign language.

Many of you are on different timelines for your academic journey. If you are still in middle school, you may be plotting your courses for high school. If you are in high school, what you want to pursue in college may be heavy on your mind. One thing that colleges do require is a certain score on tests such as the ACT or SAT or GED, etc. As mentioned last week, your score on such a test is just a number. It doesn’t mean that you are less than someone who tests well. Take Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words above at face value, and just be you.

Shout-Out of the Week: This week, I want to give a shout-out to everyone who coaches a team, sponsors a club, or spends any time with students after school. Students need many different experiences to become well-rounded. Thank you for giving your time to them.

Have a great weekend. Remember, you are most awesome, and YOU ROCK!

Marion Rhines is a foster-turned-adoptive parent. She lives in Knoxville, Tenn., with her husband and five children. She has written and published two children’s books as well as two foster-care-themed novels. She has a Facebook blog, Tips from the FLIP Side, and enjoys working with children of all ages.

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