Dear Graduate, Love CMASAS
Dear graduate, Trust me for a moment and do a crazy thing. Close your eyes and breathe. Breathe deep, big, bigger than you are used to. Listen to the air move up and down your throat, massaging your inner body as it moves. As you listen to your breath remember this, you are alive, you are well. Now do another crazy thing. Go outside. Don’t wear shoes.
You’ve been laughed at. You’ve been misunderstood. You’ve been left alone. You’ve been noticed, identified, set apart from the crowd. Strange, odd, weird, unusual — these are words others use towards you behind your back, or worse, to your face.
Though it’s often difficult to encourage social growth in an online school setting, we have developed many opportunities to help students connect with their peers and explore their passions. One opportunity students have to connect with others is through our online clubs. These clubs have great attendance and many students have said that going to club meetings is their favorite part of the week.
“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” - Anonymous It’s not much of a stretch to compare online school students to entrepreneurs. Like entrepreneurs, online school students have the freedom to be innovative, creative, flexible and mobile. Like entrepreneurs, online school students will also face the unexpected, be required to take risks, and will have the opportunity to create something beautiful out of failure.
This week's food for thought comes from Tamra Excell, CMASAS co-founder and proud owner of adorable ferrets. Elsa is still learning how to be a ferret. Early shelter life impacted her, but she is watching the others and learning. Sort of. Sometimes she misses the point.
What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question every adult heard as a child. It’s a question every child continually hears from adults. It’s a question that some adults, young and old, still ask themselves, trying to figure out life.
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. — Martin Luther King, Jr. / "I Have A Dream" speech, August 28, 1963 In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we wanted to celebrate the man who deeply impacted the history of the United States, inspired movements for generations to come, and left the world with words we will never forget. Since the mid 1950s, King, a Baptist Minister, worked tirelessly for the civil rights movement until his assassination in 1968.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. - E.E. Cummings One of the greatest challenges in life is discovering oneself and navigating the world around us in relation to our inner journey. Though each individual is born with certain personality traits, passions and gifts, personalities continue to be shaped by relationships, circumstances and experiences over time.
“There are three things incredibly hard: steel, diamonds, and to know one’s self.” - Benjamin Franklin Knowing one’s self is hard. It’s a journey that we begin as children and never fully finish. Self-discovery takes discipline, courage and risk. Understanding and unveiling one's soul looks different in every season and with every new story.
This week's Food For Thought comes from Tamra Excell, co-founder of CMASAS. There’s no such thing as an incorrect emotion. Sure, it might be based on incorrect information, or you might make a bad decision based on emotions, but the emotion itself is not in question. If you feel it, it is real.