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Before the students get out for break, I always give them my ten minute “thoughts from Mrs. Vicki” talk.
I like to remind them of a few things:
- Big picture about SAT and how many times they need to take it to get to their best performance (about 5, I've seen, starting in their freshman year to learn how to take the test.)
- The difference between top tier colleges and others and how they should shoot for the best that they can get into and then if they fall short, they're still in good shape.
- To talk to parents and family about plans for the future while they are hanging out.
- To make wise choices, hang out with good people and that it is better to walk away from a friend than to walk away from their future. (See Sometimes a teacher's gotta preach.)
- That I love them and have as my goal to help each of them find something that they are incredibly good at doing.
- That sometimes we have to do things we don't like to get the great things in life but that we also need to take a break and recharge sometimes.
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