Winning the achievement race

Running with The Triplets

 

Winning the Race to Success

We teach all of our students that success is rarely reached by a sprint, it’s more of a cross-country run. That’s why we introduce them to three supportive running companions: Pace, Perseverance, and Patience. 

By training with this important trio students learn how to set attainable goals, manage expectations, and achieve their dreams. 

Let’s face it, the beginning of every new endeavor is fun. When you start out on a project—any project—like returning to school or renovating the bathroom, it’s easy to confuse excitement for momentum.  It’s after you’ve been at it a while and the scenery doesn’t seem to be changing that it’s easy to lose motivation. That’s when it’s good to call on the Triplets for help.

Pace will happily remind you that you’ll get there as long as you don’t try to go too far too fast. Getting ahead and getting ahead of yourself are not the same things. Divide a long journey into smaller manageable lengths and before you know it there will be more work behind you than ahead of you and you’ll cross that finish line.

Accept that the road to success is a hilly, winding one. Perseverance steps up when you feel like you need to rest, or worse, you want to quit. Perseverance gets you around the obstacles in your path and helps you believe in the great things ahead even when you can’t see around the next corner.

Patience is the one who will offer a refreshing cup of self-confidence when you feel like you need to walk for a stretch to catch your breath, or because your shoe’s become untied. When the goal seems so far down the road—so far into the future—Patience will assure you that it will happen. So relax. It may take longer than you hoped—but you’ll get there.  

And you will. The Triplets and we can help

Learning to see. Photography helps Tutorial Center students work with other forms of expression.

The Photographer’s Eye

Learning to see. Photography helps Tutorial Center students work with other forms of expression.A student works with concepts in light during photography class. Being able to see—and capture—light is a one of the photographer’s most powerful skills.

 

The work of a Vermont High School Completion student studying photography.

Abstract Visual Concepts

High School Completion student Michelle Barrett has demonstrated some natural talent in photography which she is studying as the art component of of her program.

Here are three new images she took last week for her assignments in Lines, Shapes and Light and Shadow. She was not given any direction in specific subject matter. Her ability to see abstract form is a real joy to witness.

The work of a Vermont High School Completion student studying photography.

The work of a Vermont High School Completion student studying photography.

The work of a Vermont High School Completion student studying photography.

You can see more of Michelle’s earlier images.

 

The Art of Re-Engagement

As part of the credit requirements toward their high school diplomas through the High School Completion Program, Paul Secoy and Michelle Barrett are earning art credit by studying photography with professional photographer Christine Glade.

“Neither student had previously given photography much attention, other than snapping photos of friends with their phones,” Glade said.  “But after only a few sessions, each of them demonstrate a natural eye and a strong understanding of the fundamental photography concepts we’ve covered so far. Their work is thoughtful. I’m very impressed.”

Samples of their work:

Photography Class: Repetition and Pattern

Above are the tall pines near our building in Manchester. Michelle took that image as part of a study of repetition and pattern.

Below her image of raindrops and the distant hills was part of an assignment on foreground and background.

Photography Class: Foreground and Background

Paul Secoy showed off his understanding of subject, rule of thirds, and pattern with this photo of his new puppy.
Photography Class: Foreground and Background

And also captured a wonderful image demonstrating foreground and background.

Photography Class: Foreground and Background