27 Nov Educator, coach and ultra-marathoner Andy Jones-Wilkins was once asked at a conference to name the 3 most critical things he wants his students to develop before graduation. Despite being put on the spot, Andy replied without hesitation: Confidence, Resilience and Hope. We all can take his reply to heart; it's a message that embodies what Susquehannock teaches and represents.Andy went on to explain…1️⃣ Confidence – You know the confident runner when you see him. Self-assured, relaxed, carrying a wry smile, the confident runner is not a faker. The most confident runners I know take calculated risks, but also do so while eliminating all variables.2️⃣ Resilience: The resilient runner shows her scars; [she] has had her fair share of failures and disappointments and yet she hasn’t given in. She's remained steadfast, stalwart and true. The resilient runner is that one who gets out of her chair at mile 82 and forges on — one foot in front of the other until she's done.3️⃣ Hope: While confidence and resilience can be seen and touched, hope needs to be felt. As such, it is the most capricious of the 3, but also the most purposeful and relevant. The hopeful runner and student have a spring in their step tempered by caution in their voice. Hope can be such a deep visceral emotion that it requires balance, focus and a fair amount of risk. And when we get it right, it's awesome!To Andy, Confidence, Resilience and Hope truly represent the Golden Recipe for success. His thoughtful response to the question runs parallel to our philosophy at Susquehannock and to what we hope each child returns home with at the end of every summer. ️ Read more @ susquehannock.com ️ Director's Messages
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