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Grateful in the Middle

I’ve been at this college planning gig for nearly 8 years, and I continue to see the same themes over and over again. I find this reassuring because it means that sometimes, what feels uncomfortable and worrisome and maybe even hopeless, is actually normal. I find this especially reassuring now that I have two teenage sons of my own, and I’m experiencing firsthand what I’ve played spectator to in the college-bound students and families I work with. I’m learning to…

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Getting better is better than just getting done.

My wife noticed this phrase on my bulletin board at my office¬†and asked, “Who said that?” I said, “I did.” She was really impressed. For about a minute. Then she asked, “Yeah, but who said it first?” (Sigh. smile.) I put this phrase on my bulletin board to remind me of my mission with each and every student, and of their mission as they push forward toward college and into full-fledged adulthood. Getting better is better than just getting done.¬†Perseverance,…

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