We can be mad as hell and choose to use that energy to tackle a challenge or an obstacle that we never thought we could achieve. We could be stressed with financial strain and decide to perform 5 random acts of kindness for strangers. We can take our anxiety and channel it by playing on a playground with a kid in our lives. We can sing at the top of our lungs.
It is a cruel irony that some students may find that this time in their life when they have the most social interaction is also the time when they feel most isolated. The holiday season offers parents a unique opportunity to gauge their student's adjustment and provide support before they return for second semester.