Small Town Times January Newsletter - Page 12

January 2019 Counselor Corner Confidence in the new year!! Gratitude can change your life!! Research by Robert Emmons (UC Davis) and Michael McCullough (University of Miami) did research on the effects of gratitude with some tangible results. ● Well-being: People who kept a gratitude journal on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, had fewer physical symp- toms, felt better about lives as a whole, and were more optimistic. Participants reported higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism, and lower levels of depression and stress ● Those who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals (academic, inter- personal and health-based) over 2-month period, as well as tended to hit their desired targets or goals. ● Self-guided exercises of gratitude with young adults resulted in high reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determina- tion, attentiveness and energy. ● Pro-sociality: Participants in daily gratitude were more likely to report having helped someone with a personal problem or offered emotional support to another (empathetic). Five apps teens are using that adults may not know ● Yubo (formerly Yellow)--Tinder for Teens ● Calculator% ● MarcoPolo ● Wishbone ● Whisper What to do as a caring adult ● Get your own tracking app ○ CyberSafetyCop.com recommends a few ■ Bark ■ Forcefield ■ Smart Social-Parent University ● Host a discussion about the subject ● Create an agreement--phone contract (Growing Leaders) ACT Test Dates January 11, 2019 is the deadline for the February 9th National ACT test. Go to www.act.org to register. Remember to study with our OnToCollege ACT Test preparation. Some students may qualify for an ACT fee waiver. Please have your student contact Mrs. Poland to inquire. Seniors, remember to use the John Baylor OnToCollege website to review for your ACT test. Juniors, see Mrs. Poland to get a jump on studying for your ACT tests. Congratulations Seniors!! Keep applying!! There is a poster in the brick building showcasing all of our seniors and to what colleges they have been accepted. Scholarships There is a scholarship opportunity for students taking dual-enrollment college courses. Students participating in dual-enrollment college courses or early admit programs, are encouraged to apply or the Access College Early (ACE) Scholarship if they show fi- nancial need. This state and federally-funded scholarship will pay tuition and mandatory fees at participating Nebraska colleges. Applications will be reviewed by Nebraska’s Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE). If you have ques- tions, contact myself or Ritchie Morrow, Financial Aid Coordinator, CCPE, ritchie.morrow@nebraska.gov or 402.471.0032. Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship opens November 1, 2018 and closes February 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. (CST) For local and state scholarships, visit Scholarship Quest at EducationQuest.org. It is never too early to begin searching for scholar- ships as well as making your list of strengths, volunteer activities, and other notable characteristics about yourself. Litchfield Scholarship list December Bulletin