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Sunday, January 1, 2017


UConn Courses On Campus for Second Semester

Students interested in taking a course on the UConn campus during the second semester should contact Doug Melody.  Preliminary registration has begun, although formal registration will be completed in mid-January.

For those students taking UC MATH 2410 (Differential Equations), be advised that the section available for EOS students is scheduled to take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45 PM.

PSAT Results Returned to EOS Students

PSAT results were returned a couple of weeks ago for EOS students who completed the test back in October. The test was administered on a school day this year.  

Students should have received  their individual score reports along with the test booklets they used when taking it. The Guidance Department chooses to mail these scores home rather than distribute them in classes so as to protect the privacy of this information. The test booklets accompany the score reports so that students can use this information when preparing for the SAT.

For more information about the PSAT and interpretation of scores, you will find a link labeled "Understand Your PSAT Score Report" and another tutorial called "Link College Board Account to Khan Academy".  Both are listed under "For Viewing" to the right on this page.  

MCC Applications Due

Students enrolled in Manchester Community College courses offered at EOS need to COMPLETE the MCC application on line by February 5th if they wish to earn MCC credits in these courses.

Click on this link to initiate this process. This registration takes just minutes to complete. 

UConn Applications Are Due on January 15

Applying to UConn?  Applications are due and must be submitted to the UConn Admissions Office by January 15th.  Students should make transcript requests in the EOS Guidance Office by January 10th.

Also, students planning to enroll in a course on the UConn Campus during the next semester need to complete a registration form by Wednesday, January 11th.  See Doug Melody about courses if interested in enrolling on campus.  Forms, by the way, are available in the Guidance Office. 

Look for Information About the Course Selection Process

The 2017-18 course selection process will soon begin.  The Power School portal will be open in early February and students will be able to select next year's courses at that time.  Look for more information about this in the next post. 

If  Only You Could Choose

More Money or More Time?

Surely you’ve heard it said that time is money.  And you’ve probably seen that money can most certainly buy time.  But what’s it like when you don’t have enough of either?  Well, it seems like you have even less of both.  That’s because when you’re short on money, you can’t buy time and…… you can’t pay attention.   
So this shortfall can get really costly.  If you’re not careful, it can bankrupt you emotionally as well.  
Now that it's a new year, we may turn our thoughts to time and how we're using it.  Do you ever wonder - “If I had a choice - more money or more time - what  would I choose?”  One or the other?

When Time Is a Precious Commodity

When we think of poverty, we tend to think of it in terms of cash flow.  Poverty means money poor - more is flowing out than flowing in.  And the federal government even establishes a threshold - a poverty line - on a (questionable?) dollar amount earned by individuals and families of different sizes.  Since 2008, poverty in rural areas (17.7% of the rural population) has surpassed the percentage of urban dwellers (14.7%) below this threshold.  Many more are hovering just above this line, and it’s an issue that deserves attention - if only we had more free time.
That’s just it, though.  Many of us don’t.  Time costs money.  So, while we may have enough money to meet expenses, it comes at a costly price.  And that price is precious time.  As a result, many of us have become time poor, with unintended consequences that may be subtle  but still steep - sometimes in ways we just never imagine.
When you’re flush with money and need time, you simply buy the time you need.  Hire housecleaning, contract with a landscaper, send out your laundry.  Even farm out parenting responsibilities and place your kid in a boarding school. Out-source these “chores” and buy time in the process.  It’s a simple transaction.
But when money is scarce and so is time, bandwidth gets squeezed as well.  You just can’t think straight.    Seeing only what’s immediately in front of you, it’s certainly not the “live in the moment” mantra advocated by today’s gurus.  And with no time to think, there’s little effort spent on planning for what’s ahead except for what’s in front of you - even literally.  What’s urgent becomes what’s important…at that stressful time.
So, many in this predicament experience the consequence  espoused by the time management and motivational experts who advise us that “failing to plan is planning to fail.”  Life’s circumstances, although it may be difficult to fathom, get even worse because decisions are made on the fly - or not made at all.  What’s urgent consumes one’s narrow bandwidth so that what’s really important rarely, if ever, finds its way into one’s conscious awareness.  “I just don’t have time for this” gets no attention and decisions are then made by default - they’re made for you.  Most of the time, they’re costly.
If only we had moments to pause, to breathe, to simply  r.e.f..l..e..c..t.  If we could just make more time.
Decisions Reflect How We Value Our Time

Each of us gets 24 hours a day.  They’re hours to use and ours to spend.  With money, those who have lots of it can spend it on leisure (time) and luxuries, with little impact on their bank accounts.  Most of us are not so lucky.  So, many of us may borrow money from banks with interest added on future payments.  But when borrowing time, we pay interest on future installments of it - we borrow from tomorrow.  And the next day and the next week and…until the price becomes costly in ways we may eventually not manage. 
Think about it - how we spend our time is an implicit reflection of what’s important to us.   The way we spend our time defines who we are.  We may spend more on the moment and pay on this debt at some future date. Or we may invest in a future moment, hoping the investment of time today returns a hearty dividend “tomorrow”.   These are decisions we make each day with the moments we have to live. What we’re really doing is evaluating “opportunity costs” - what opportunity do I forfeit by choosing an alternative?  So how do we know when we’re spending them wisely or simply wasting them?  How  well do we manage our spending?  

Everyone Needs a Waste Management System 

The way we manage our time is the way we manage our lives.  And, although we’re all granted the same amount of time each given day, every hour doesn’t always “feel” the same.  It matters what we’re doing, enduring it or enjoying it.  And some hours offer more potential than others simply due to our own biological rhythms.  Still, we seem more pressed for time as we depress the accelerator.  So we “multi-task”, often unknowingly making it worse.  We call it time management.  It’s not.  It’s divided attention.
News flash - most empirical studies indicate that we have more time than we think.  It just feels like we don’t, that we’re always in a time crunch  This is called the time-pressure paradox. If it feels like we don’t, then we don’t. But we do.
So, why do we feel this way?  Could it be that our on-demand-constantly-connected-insta-lives make us feel this need to do it all NOW while never seeming to have time to - at least with our full attention?  Cultural influences weigh heavily here more than technology (say the studies).  Fast food, high{er}-speed internet, fast{er} speed limits, and on-demand “customer” service create a pace of responsiveness.  We’ve gone from drive-in to drive-through lifestyles; from being connected to anywhere but where we are at any moment.  And, because we’re constantly “on”, we have unrealistic expectations for what we can do.  So we do less. 
And we may feel like we’re going nowhere fast.
Know it or not, we all have emotional and cognitive default sets.  We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.  And sometimes our expectations blind us - to overspending, whether it’s money or it’s time.  What we expect may not always be what we need.  Needs and wants, like expectations and entitlements, are subjective interpretations that are subject to revision.  We can change, if we’re willing.
So, as this new year begins, take a moment to turn “off” and examine these default sets. You may not be able create (buy) more time, but you can reduce time wasted. Do an audit on how you spend your time, and this means spending time to pay attention to how you spend your time. Much like we look to balance our bank accounts, we need to balance our time accounts in the same way.  Wouldn't it be wise to do this each month so we don’t overspend?  Haste makes waste.  And a stitch in time, saves nine.  Think about it.  Re-think it.
We have more time than we think. To find it, we can reduce our waste of it and also “recycle” it, deriving more from our “future” hours by virtue of what we put into our “present” hours. We have a finite amount of willpower and a similarly finite amount of bandwidth we can devote to any one moment. It’s about being mindful, paying full attention to what we’re doing and with whom we’re sharing time. Minding our own business, gaining that balance between spending on today vs. saving for tomorrow, and paying attention to what’s important more than what’s urgent may make more time and more money available.  
Perhaps if we pay full attention more often, we’ll make choices that are more timely and enriching.  So,  instead of choosing between time and money,  choose to pay attention.  And make time.  That’s a choice in this new year.

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year

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