College Essays: Admissions Wants to Feel You

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Why do we love our favorite movies? Why do we play the same song on repeat, over and over? Because they make us feel something. Think about a special relationship you have in your life: how does it make you feel, in your body, right now? “Interoception” is a still-poorly-known skill: the ability to sense or feel what is happening in your body. I think of my friend Ross – his ready jokes, his smile and intelligence, how kind and …

Avoid Thinking Too Quickly

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Josh Waitzkin has been blowing my mind lately. A former child chess prodigy, Waitzkin was the real-life inspiration for the movie Searching for Bobby Fisher. Today he is a grown man, and lately I have been reading his fantastic book The Art of Learning:  An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance. I found a fascinating insight from his chess days – about thinking fast, and about thinking slow – which I have been showing my students and relating to their testtaking. Waitzkin writes …