Reflections: Focus On That Which Matters


In Zimbabwe the jacarandas are blooming, better known as “exam trees,” marking the start of O, AS and A level exam season by blanketing the streets with their purple blossoms. And so it’s also the advent of application season, with students agonizing over every word of their college applications, trying to find a magical formula for “getting … Continue reading Reflections: Focus On That Which Matters

Reflections: The Spark


Every high school student applying to selective U.S. universities is seeking that magic formula that will land them a golden ticket – admission with the amount of financial assistance they need to attend.  They seek an elusive elixir of grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, leadership positions and the ultimate captivating and compelling essay.   I can’t count … Continue reading Reflections: The Spark

Reflections: Education Does Matter


There are multiple true life stories of the power of education to lift a talented young person from poverty and powerlessness to a point of making a major impact on his or her family, community, even nation.  We may watch these stories in movies, read them in books or discover them online. However, once you meet an empowered … Continue reading Reflections: Education Does Matter