I just finished reading your journals from the first week. A lot of you have amazing stories from your lives and summer. I really appreciate that you are opening up in class. Please continue to write freely in your journals this year. The only issue that I came across is that some of you aren't writing as much as I had hoped. We have five minutes to write, please try to use the entire time period, even if you have finished the prompt, continue to write about anything you want.
The last thing on my mind that I want to share is that even after having you in class for only one week, I can already tell which of you is going to be successful in life. It doesn't have to do with your natural intelligence, it's not about how well you can read or speak, it has nothing to do with how well you are at tests, it simply comes down to one thing... your attitude. We will all encounter failures in our lives, but the only failure in that is if we don't learn from our mistakes. How many times are you willing to get back up and try again? I have met so many people in life who choose to be miserable, who choose to spend their days complaining and whining about every little injustice in life. Why waste all of that time being upset? You are only hurting yourself and the people you love. To me, it simply isn't worth it. I cannot change your attitude, neither can your parents, family, or peers. You are the only one who can decide that. We are all here to help you, but you have to make that decision for yourself. I will work my hardest this year to open every door of opportunity available to you, but, it is up to you to walk through. It is pretty empowering when you realize that your happiness and success in life relies on the only person you can control, yourself. Keep that in mind.
It's going to be a great year, I already know it! See you Monday!