"One must not be negligent in learning. In the Lun Yu (Analects of Confucius), it says: 'To study without thinking is darkness. To think without study is dangerous'." Takeda Nobushige, a Japanese general who relinquished to his brother his right to be a Takeda Daimyo
Aside from the complex or complicated goals of trying to get popularity or a particular intimate teen relationship which rarely lasts, the more successful and meaningful goal for many teenage students is to graduate from high school and get into college. The vast majority of students follow a simple plan up one educational mountain to get to the next educational mountain, but somehow they assume that if they just follow the advice of their teachers, their guidance counselor, their friends, and/or their parents, they will attain success. This perspective is unfortunately too simplistic. It doesn't take into account that college admissions offices make the rules for getting into college. Unfortunately, too many students, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors assume but don't study what colleges really want. Thus, they don't create the right fit.
Many college freshmen thus find themselves in a college that is not best for them. They either suffer with it, transfer, or drop out. If they had not studied colleges correctly, then it follows that they also lack the pactice to figure out the best major for them. Because American college education is expensive, those assumptions and mistakes are extremely costly.
"This is the real danger that I see, especially in our younger people in the teens and in the twenties and thirties... They are apt to turn to a truly selfish and private life... just simply getting the best they can out of life for themselves selfishly and without too much regard for other people, squeezing out as much fun as possible before they get killed and before the world ends." From Maslow on Management, by Abraham Maslow, former President of the American Psychology Association
The Veritas Solution
Veritas Global Development provides a handy online platform for smart phones, tablets, and computers called E-Veritas Pre-College. This platform starts with relevant and insightful on-line classes. Then, depending upon how things are, a teenage student could be given a tutor, a coach, and a mentor for further development of success and well-being.
Online Training + Online Expert Guidance for teenage students who desire to become successful
In particular, E-Veritas Pre-College helps teenagers to learn more effective management of
goals & plans
This indeed looks similar to mental health, but it is not the same. Mental Health does not teach or guide people toward success. The Positive Psychology developed by Martin Seligman is derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but the focus is upon success and well-being, and it is meant to be used in many realms of life including academics and careers.
"... so many young people are making a distorted interpretation of the pervasive psychology of growth an self-actualization. More dependent, more indulged... more passive people are interpreting this philosophy of self-actualization to mean 'waiting for inspiration,' waiting for something to happen, waiting for something to grab them, waiting for some peak experience which will tell them automatically and without much effort what their destiny is and what they should do." From Maslow on Management, by Abraham Maslow, former President of the American Psychology Association
The Stress of College Applications
We'll just share a little more in the time being about applications for college.
When it comes to filling the applications, it is often a bit too late for quality during senior year. Students need to carefully prepare many years in advance for applications for college admission. The most important things to place on an application require years of preparation, and most students do not have the time to fill out their college applications well. In addition, many teenagers mistakenly think and feel things about colleges similarly to how attracted they are to someone.
Guidance Counseling That's where the guidance counselor comes in handy, correct? That is an assumption which must be corrected by seeing things from someone else's shoes. In a public high school, guidance counselors are assigned hundreds of students. They generally don't have time to read essays, know a student's strengths or weaknesses, or keep track of a student's changing interests. They are typically expected to get as many number of students into college but don't have time to ensure that they are the best matches. After all, public schools rarely care if a student gets the right college match for them, for they must keep analyzing the overall student body and rarely hear back from graduates. Even a private school guidance counselors often feels overwhelmed, but they are often given far fewer students and are often expected to work in teams that may consist of teachers, a headmaster, and parents to assist a student. That teamwork is key.
Extracurricular Activities Most students and parents don't realize that applications for college admission and scholarships are about far more than just grades and test scores. Even when they realize that extracurricular activities are important, they misunderstand in what way that involvement is or isn't important. Thus, they often waste considerable time and money on extracurricular activities that a student doesn't enjoy, they pick an activity and role that doesn't mean much, and they mention activities in ways that turn off many college admissions officers.
Essays Even the most prolific of students get overwhelmed in their senior year of high school by the sheer number of essays that they have to write for their applications. An individual student may face writing anywhere between 2 to 20 essays for college admissions with drafts all along the way. Part of the problem is that their teachers often don't ask them to write essays related in any way to the types of essays that they get from college admissions officers. Some questions are rather deep, and most students haven't thought deeply about life or themselves. Some also require a certain maturity.
Students should specifically be prepared for college admissions essay questions years in advance. If they are, then they can easily answer many essay questions with great skill, accuracy, confidence, and efficacy. Their experience with writing and their own plans for success also help to quiet the uncertainty about their future that often slows them down from writing.
"The whole philosophy of waiting for things to happen instead of making them happen, of loafing and loitering during this waiting period instead of regarding talent as requiring teaching, exercise, rehearsal, training, hard work, and the like, has to be counteracted." From Maslow on Management, by Abraham Maslow, former President of the American Psychology Association