This week some of our seniors have been speaking to 9th grade health classes about high school life. They share information and experiences about classes, activities, homework, teachers, scheduling, setting goals, planning for college, peer pressures, and risky situations. They are doing an amazing job! It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago, they were the freshmen listening to the class of 2012 seniors. A lot of the same information is passed on year after year. Some get, and some need to keep hearing it Great job, seniors!
This week’s ACT word of the week is “disheveled.” The reason I chose this is because I was curious how to say it. I love that dictionary.com speaks the word for you. I heard someone say dis-he-veled – and I have been thinking about it ever since. I totally thought it was dish-eveled – and guess what?! Dictionary.com agrees with me!
Disheveled: 1. hanging loosely or in disorder; unkempt:disheveled hair. 2.untidy; disarranged:a disheveled appearance.
You’re having a great day when someone who’s important—a boss, a teacher or a parent—says something that stings with what you believe is criticism. You can’t put it out of your mind and think about what was said over and over.
When you go into the workplace and start receiving evaluations, you’ll find “Ability to accept criticism” on the evaluation form. If the evaluator, usually your boss, indicates you don’t handle criticism well, that’s a negative in your record.
Many people look at criticism as a bad thing, but it can be a very good thing, if it helps you make better choices in the future or improves your work. If you react inappropriately to criticism, however, you’ll lose respect.
Here are three things to know about criticism:
It’s inevitable. Everyone gets criticized sometime, with both constructive and destructive criticism.
Constructive criticism teaches you how to improve, overcome a mistake, or find a better solution. Destructive criticism is something to shake off and move on from.
When you react defensively to criticism, it comes across as immature and becomes a negative against you.
These are immature responses to criticism:
Trying to explain or convince
Turning to self-pity
Professionals see criticism as a way to learn and grow. They are able to say, “Thank you for pointing that mistake out,” or “I appreciate your feedback.” It proves they have high
self-esteem and confidence. Boxers go to the ropes to regroup when they are hurt. You need to do the same with criticism.
So often students and parents want a “list” of careers that a student can choose. It’s just not that simple. It’s like providing a list of people for you to marry. There are so many factors to consider that one “list” cannot be the answer. Another reason this is not in the best interest of the student is because our world is changing. Yes, it’s a good idea to know your strengths and what some of your interests are before choosing a college (because college is expensive!). However, the comfortable and familiar question that has been asked for so many years, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” has transformed into, “What problems do you want to solve? and What legacy do you want to leave?” These are harder questions to answer, but they are much more realistic for your future. Recent reports state that 65-80% of the jobs you will work in – haven’t been created yet. What?! We live in a rapidly changing, technology-driven global society. Knowing how to learn, knowing how to access and use information, communicating with individuals of diverse cultures and abilities, critical thinking to solve problems in a team - these are the skills you need for the future – in whatever college major or career you pursue. It takes time, effort, initiative, and knowing how to continuously improve your skills.
What problems do you want to solve?
What legacy do you want to leave?
What kind of life do you want to live?
What a great time to catch up on homework, apply for college, apply for scholarships, apply for a part-time job, or prepare for the ACT! Enjoy your break – make it a productive one!