Happy Illustration Friday on New Year's Eve Saturday. Omigosh, what a day?! Anyways, this week's IF prompt is "highlight".
So I was thinking... uhm... hair? Nah.
Well, there's always the sports highlight. In my work as a tutor, I've had several high school athlete students. Not just run-of-the-mill high school athletes, but highly recruited ones. They excel at a particular sport and big colleges and universities want them. Badly.
They get all excited at the prospects, go visit campuses, meet coaching staffs, meet upperclassmen, etc. Then they find out the academic requirements of their schools of choice and it's all, "Uh oh..." Enter the private tutor.
I'm not sure how many students in this category I've taught, but I can say that each one of them has been a delight to work with. They have all been hard-working, conscientious, disciplined,and suprisingly humble.
They didn't come into it looking for shortcuts or ways to "beat the system". They focused on the task at hand, looked to me as their coach, asked good questions, and did everything I asked of them. I've concluded that it's these traits that helped them be in the position of highly sought athletes in the first place.
I know that "jocks" often get a bad rap, and I know that not every one is like the students - no strangers to the sports highlights - I've been fortunate enough to work with. But when they get in touch with me down the line and say, "I made it!", THAT is the highlight for me.