These books will cost a student more than my mortgage payment

 

Hello out there.  I spent the day helping some of my senior students work on college applications and essays.  I get to work with some of the smartest, driven kids…probably smarter and more driven than the majority of adults in this world.  Most of these kids have their lives mapped out ahead of them and know exactly what they want to do, while some just aren’t sure yet, which is perfectly fine.  My job is to help them figure some of it out and help them create a plan to get to where they want to be.

I met with a young lady today who is a straight A student, has taken advanced honors classes, AP classes, is the captain of the volleyball team, and participates in a number of other extracurricular activities.  She came into my office today looking extremely exhausted.  I asked her if everything was alright and she said yes but that she just needed to take a nap.  We had 30 minutes scheduled for our meeting and instead of discussing her college applications, I let the young lady lay her head on my desk and sleep.  I stepped out of the office and sat in the teacher’s lounge for the 30 minutes and of course my brain started churning.  Why is she so exhausted?  I’m assuming that it’s because she is involved with so many different activities and she has to study quite a bit for all of her advanced classes, she probably isn’t getting much sleep at night.

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