Survey: Engineering seniors study the most –

Survey: Engineering seniors study the most –

If you are thinking about pursuing a career as an engineer, here is something to take note of.  Engineering seniors studied the most of the various majors studied (19 hours/week).  You might like math or physics, but be sure you are also prepared to work hard if you decide to follow this path.

The key to finding the right path is to understand your own values, abilities and interests.  If you need help in identifying any of these, talk to your counselor!  We have a variety of activities and instruments that will help you discover more about yourself.  The more you know, the better you can plan.  The better you plan, the more successful and satisfied you will be.



Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. provides a great overview of fostering initiative in our kids.  She makes three important points about initiative building activities:

  • Kids must choose it for themselves because it gives them “internal” rewards!  Examples include music programs, service-learning, and a myriad of other after-school activities.
  • The activity must take place in an environment that contains rules, challenges, and complexities inherent in the real world.  They must face intellectual, interpersonal, and intrapersonal challenges that go beyond grades, winning a game, and other external rewards.
  • The activity must be sustained over a period of time.  Rather than doing lots of activities, it is better to focus on a few for longer periods of time so kids learn to persevere despite challenges.

Check out the full article at the link or on her blog at Psychology Today.

What If You Don’t Know What Your Passion Is? Where to Look | Liz Strauss at Successful Blog

What If You Don’t Know What Your Passion Is? Where to Look | Liz Strauss at Successful Blog. Last week I spoke with a number of young adults who had difficulty telling me what they wanted to do when they finished high school.  They had difficulty putting a finger on what they were “passionate about”.  When you don’t know the answer (or think you don’t) it is pretty hard to really care about school, grades, taking the SAT & ACT tests… But, once you discover what it is that you were meant to do, the other pieces start to fall into place.  Check out this perspective on knowing what your passion is.  Maybe it will help some of you get excited about your future in a way you never have before.

Steve Jobs on Life, Death, and Happiness

Steve Jobs passed on.  His impact on how we live and how we teach has been huge, but how he lived his life, and faced his own death may be his greatest legacy.  In his 2005 Commencement address at Standford, he said:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

The whole speech is worth reading.  I hope my students will read it, and apply the lessons that this college drop-out learned through his successes and more importantly, his failures.

Safe home Steve Jobs.

Text of Steve Jobs’ Commencement address (2005).

The Happy/Sad List | The Accidental Expert with Asha Dornfest

The Happy/Sad List | The Accidental Expert with Asha Dornfest.  Ashra Domfest shares a great idea for organically setting goals.  Her model of personal reflection is both simple and fast, but it led her to focus her energy on what makes her happy.

To my students struggling with writing… great advice in this article.

“Writing is not a magical ability that some people just have and others just don’t. Writing is a skill, and like any other skill — playing the piano, learning a sport — it can be acquired through hard work and dedication. We’re not all going to write the Great American Novel, but anyone with at least average intelligence can learn to write reasonably well.”

via On Hiring – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

How to Make Your To-Do List Doable

How to Make Your To-Do List Doable.  High Schoolers,  you know you need to get your self organized.  Here is a very brief but well written tutorial on where to start.  My kidos can use this when you make your individual Learning Plans and PIER Plans.  The rest of you… well it is time to get started!