Advice to the Elementary School – ME!

Building confidence is something that starts at a young age. Now that I have had the opportunity to “live a little,” I wanted to write a letter to myself in elementary school.  I was a shy and quiet kid, but I always had supportive parents, extended family and teachers along the way to guide me.  To any student in elementary school, keep having fun, keep learning and especially be willing to try new things.


Hey Jeff,


How are you doing? How was school?  Did you talk to someone new today?


I know moving is tough, but when you get older, you will learn to appreciate all the moves you have been through, the places you have gotten to see first hand, the determination and ability to “roll with the punches.”  Keep working hard in school cause it will pay off.  All those math worksheets you had to do with Mom and your brother each summer are going to be really good for you when you get older.


I know that you like soccer and continue to have fun, but push yourself.  Try out for a team and be “okay” with not being the best player on the team or playing with all of your friends.  Play on some more competitive teams and really learn the game.  It could really take you far and playing is really good for you physically and mentally.  You will continue to grow and become a pretty good player, but don’t rely on your skills along to pay for your college and turning pro is really tough.


Keep your grades up!  Classes can be boring and sometimes you don’t want to do the work.  Just making it to recess and play with your friends seems more important, but the teacher really is making you a better person.  Be hungry for knowledge and strive to be the best version of you.  This requires asking questions which is scary at first, but trust me, you will be all the better for it by just asking questions.  Ask for additional help, such as a coach or a tutor.  It can be difficult to master all academic subjects and tests alone.  Additional coaching or private tutoring can help you reach your full potentials.


Continue to listen to Mom and Dad.  Sometimes they seem like they are forcing you to do things, but it really is for your benefit.  All the lessons you are learning and all the experiences you are gaining are building your confidence.  Don’t be afraid to have an opinion either.  You may not agree with everything Mom and Dad say and it might be difficult to follow their advise but be respectful to them, after all they take care of you and want to see you succeed.  Right now, just continue to soak in as much information as you can.  Continue to observe the world around you with curiosity, be engaged, and most importantly, do not be afraid to ask questions.  And remember to look out for your brother and for your friends.


All these will help you build your inner confidence for succeeding in life!


Written by Jeffrey A., Novastar Prep Coach


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