To take me into the fall, I wanted to recap some of the big lessons I learned this summer, inside and outside the classroom:
- Don't settle for less than you deserve-- in work, in relationships, in life, whatever it may be.
- Deadlines are important, even if they are self-set. Don't break them.
- Confusion and conflict can be productive.
- Honesty is the best policy, even when the truth hurts.
- Reach out to others. Communication is a two- (three, four, five, etc.) way street.
- Underachiever is actually more like under-motivated or lacking confidence most of the time.
- Hope is a powerful thing, and as with any source of power, it can be good or bad.
- Sometimes, it's nice to not be at the top of the totem pole.
- When the lifeguards say no swimming, you shouldn't swim out further than you can stand.
- Read in connected, interdisciplinary ways. Things don't happen in a bubble.
What are the big lessons you learned this summer?