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The Pressures of College 

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I can tell the full pressures of college are in gear. I’m pleased our son is not just putting all his energy into the classes he enjoys so much, but also showing extra care for the not so fun classes. I could tell one class wasn’t going as well as he wanted. He seemed to try is best, but still get a C. It was nice he seemed open to take some advice. I told him to talk to the teacher to let him/her know he really wanted to improve, and to solicit some specifics on what could have been done differently to make it a B project, and an A project. This way he’ll learn more tangibly how to apply improvements. Really a shortcut to success, and is the essence of mentorship. I’m interested to know the result of the conversation. : )

It was great to learn that some of his classes are going well. Some of his ideas were recognized and affirmed, so that’s always special. I’m so pleased there is such a positive atmosphere there at SAU.

We had some more bad news in Salinas, CA which seems to be the gang capital of the central coast of California. Another young high school student murdered. Though our murder rate is so high, the gangs seem to be rather effective in only killing other gang members, and not unaffiliated civilians. It just breaks the heart though that they don’t know the One who can satisfy their soul and give them peace beyond comprehension. I’m so grateful we are blessed to have our children in very spiritual Adventist schools, but so very sad for those who do not. I know our schools are not immune, but praise God for the one’s spiritual enough to give a haven of rest (from the world) to their students.

It’s been hard to find as much time as we would like to talk. With the 3 hr time difference and busy lives, our schedules don’t align too well. I texted him earlier Sunday to call us when he had a free moment to talk (promising not to take too much time, as I know how busy he is). He called when our family was out at a restaurant, so we tag teamed! I talked outside (where I could hear) until my wife could finish eating, and take over so I could eat LOL… It was so great to talk; it wasn’t any inconvenience at all.

 
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The Pressures of College
November 16, 2010

I can tell the full pressures of college are in gear. I’m pleased our son is not just putting all his energy into the classes he enjoys so much, but also showing extra care for the not so fun classes. I could tell one class wasn’t going as well as he wanted. He seemed to try is best, but still get a C. It was nice he seemed open to take some advice. I told him to talk to the teacher to let him/her know he really wanted to improve, and to solicit some specifics on what could have been done differently to make it a B project, and an A project. This way he’ll learn more tangibly how to apply improvements. Really a shortcut to success, and is the essence of mentorship. I’m interested to know the result of the conversation. : )

It was great to learn that some of his classes are going well. Some of his ideas were recognized and affirmed, so that’s always special. I’m so pleased there is such a positive atmosphere there at SAU.

We had some more bad news in Salinas, CA which seems to be the gang capital of the central coast of California. Another young high school student murdered. Though our murder rate is so high, the gangs seem to be rather effective in only killing other gang members, and not unaffiliated civilians. It just breaks the heart though that they don’t know the One who can satisfy their soul and give them peace beyond comprehension. I’m so grateful we are blessed to have our children in very spiritual Adventist schools, but so very sad for those who do not. I know our schools are not immune, but praise God for the one’s spiritual enough to give a haven of rest (from the world) to their students.

It’s been hard to find as much time as we would like to talk. With the 3 hr time difference and busy lives, our schedules don’t align too well. I texted him earlier Sunday to call us when he had a free moment to talk (promising not to take too much time, as I know how busy he is). He called when our family was out at a restaurant, so we tag teamed! I talked outside (where I could hear) until my wife could finish eating, and take over so I could eat LOL… It was so great to talk; it wasn’t any inconvenience at all.

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