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There is nothing like a dream to create the future. - Victor Hugo

Ah! September! The air is filled with optimism and the possibilities appear limitless! Like January 1st, the beginning of the school year opens the door to reinvention. It is the perfect moment to pause, reflect, assess, and plan. A clean slate lays before us and everything is possible.

As any time management expert or success guru will tell you, you need to know where you want to go or you go nowhere. And while you put some effort into thinking about where you are going, it is also a good idea to take in where you are.

At the beginning of each school year, I ask my students to mull over a few points and write a short essay. The exercise (hopefully) allows them to evaluate their current situation and develop a vision for their future.

I am including it here and invite you to ponder on the questions and do your own self-assessment. Feel free to share your essays and thoughts with me in the comments, and I will be happy to offer you feedback and/or discuss with you on the subject.