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Watching Ashton Eaton win the gold medal in the Decathlon at Rio's 2016 Olympics, I couldn't help but wonder how he is able to perform at such a high level in so many different Olympic events.
“To become a master of 10 different disciplines takes, well, a mountain of well-orchestrated ability.”
After reading about his training regiment, I could see that well-orchestrated ability means training to maximize your muscles and techniques to perform the best at any given sport.
“I see something, a technique, and [I ask] why is it that way … and if it’s been that way for 100 years, why has it been that way for 100 years?”
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By: Sean Massa
“Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” - Robert T. Kiyosaki
There is are two important lessons that no one ever taught me. They are things that I have learned from my lowest points as a student, and things that I continue to learn to this day. They are common sense, but hard to really identify with. Quite simply, the hardest lessons I have had to learn in my academic career are this:
1) Failure is inevitable.
2) You are not your failures.
In high school, I had been satisfied with my academic accomplishments. With an above average GPA and AP courses already under my belt, I felt secure in my identity - I was a good student. However when I went to college, my whole understanding of personal academic achievement had changed.
Upon arriving, I was no longer a big fish in a little pond: I was a big fish swimming in an ocean of big fish. Many nights I stayed awake studying for hours and hours, only to receive a B or C- at the end of the day. I remember being crying to my family during Christmas holiday when final grades were released. All those nights studying - were they for nothing? When I tried finding opportunities to do research my first year, I also had no luck. I applied to over 20 different labs and received no word back. Was I doing something wrong? What was wrong with me?
After my freshman year, I slowly began to regain some confidence as I adjusted to the higher course rigor. Yet, even for years following I continued to internalize my academic feedback in a personal way. It was a mindset that made me sensitive to any criticism. In work, with family, in school - any critique of my efforts became a critique of myself.
What I have come to learn is that it doesn't have to be that way. From school and work experiences, I now know that failure is something you can't avoid. At some point, you will mess up. But that's okay. Here are a number of important points that I honestly think every student needs to know:
What failure does not mean:
What does failure mean:
Some of my friends have been circulating a photo on Facebook lately that talks about the struggles of some famous people in their young age: “At 23, JK Rowling was broke, Tina Fey was working at the YMCA, Oprah had just been fired as a TV reporter, And Walt Disney had declared bankruptcy, It's going to be okay.” If it worked out for them, it can work out for you and me. The path to success is never linear. In fact, I think it's more like a rollercoaster, but one that we design going progressively upward.
Failure is going to happen. There will be expectations to perform a certain way, whether made by yourself or others, and you will not meet those expectations. Failure is never the end. It is only the beginning of a longer process of personal growth and development. So don't take it personally. Continue to seek out your strengths and passions whatever they may be. Learn from the experience, and move on knowing that things can only improve. Upward and onward.
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From the university's $10.1 billion endowment, Penn students benefit from an impressive pool of academic and institutional resources. According to Forbes, Penn has minted the most billionaire alumni in the nation. After four long years, Penn graduates also join one of the most powerful alumni networks that includes Warren Buffet, John Legend, Donald Trump, John Huntsman Jr., Sharon Stone, Mehment (Dr.) Oz, Andrea Mitchell, and more recently Naomi Biden (granddaughter to Vice President Joe Biden) and Tiffany Trump (daughter of Donald Trump). But is the University of Pennsylvania right for you?
By: Sean Massa
At some point in my young life I knew I wanted to be a doctor. Then I wanted to be an orca whale trainer at Sea World. Then I wanted to be a marine biologist. Then I wanted to be a doctor again. At some point in this progression of constant change my parents decided to support that dream of mine. Showing me a kindergarten drawing of a doctor I apparently drew from a paper prompt stating “What I want to be when I grow up,” I soon began to take on this narrative as my own - that I was going to someday be a medical doctor.
The Harker School is an elite Bay Area academic powerhouse with an impressive record not short of any accolades. Ranked the 6th best private school in California, Harker's high school, known as the Upper School, has cultivated some of the best and brightest young minds from the South Bay. But is the Harker School right for your high school student? Here are a few fast facts to consider:
World Record AP Scores
Harker students have scored some of the highest AP exam scores in the country. This past spring, the College Board reported that Vedaad Shakib, grade 11, and Sahana Srinivasan, grade 10, were two of just 67 students nationwide to earn a top score on the computer science exam. Likewise Janet Lee, grade 12, was one of 54 students to do the same in microeconomics, a particularly strong subject in the Harker curriculum. The San Jose Mercury News reported in 2013 that 11 out of 11 Harker AP Microeconomics students scored a perfect 5 on the exam, being the only school in the world to do so. Not bad at all.
Hard to Beat SAT Scores
In 2014, the Huffington Post reported that Harker students received the second highest SAT scores in the country with an average score of 2210. The most recent Harker average in 2016 brought the score to 2220 with section scores of 740 in all three Writing, Reading and Math sections. Considering the national average SAT score is 1700, it is noteworthy that Harker students are scoring at least 500 points higher than any given peer within the United States.
A Priceless Education
Academic excellence does not come cheap. Sending your student to Harker for high school will cost you a whopping $43,693 per year. When you graduate you a Harker student, your high school diploma is a piece of paper close to $175,000 in worth. If you can afford the pricetag, your student not only gains a world-class education but also becomes part of a network of some of the nation's brightest young intellectuals of the upcoming generation.
While your student will find typical extracurriculars like sports and speech-and-debate, a number of unique extracurricular opportunities await outside of class at Harker. Emphasizing access to a global education, Harker students can take part in a number of student exchanges with partners in Australia, Japan, India and Switzerland. Harker prepares its students to take advantage of all Silicon Valley has to offer through its Business and Entrepreneurship programming. In harnessing the passions of all its students, Harker also offers research opportunities for its upper school students in subjects covering the sciences, the humanities, and countless others. All in all, there truly is something for everyone to pursue after class hours end at Harker.
Where are they now?
Curious to see where Harker students are going? Well, you actually can! Data from the class of 2013, 2014 and 2015 reveals that not just a few but many students got into the most competitive universities in the country including Stanford (44), Harvard (16), MIT (31), Columbia (30), UPenn (28), Duke (40), and Cornell (61) to name a few. Some universities accepting the highest number of Harker students include Carnegie Mellon (86), Berkeley (173), USC (162), NYU (74), University of Washington (88), and UCSD (201). The stats don't lie: Harker students are really going places with their education.
Want to know more about getting your student into Harker? Contact the Hillview Prep team today to schedule a consultation for your student at firstname.lastname@example.org
As a freshman, it sounded like an overused business-y word that people used to make fake relationships with other people. It wasn't something I really wanted to do. Over time, I found that that was not true at all. I learned that everyone creates and shapes the kind of networks they have.