It's 3rd period. I'm tired. Very tired. I have a set of tests to finish that I should have gotten back yesterday. I'm moving. I had to finish paperwork early today that I forgot about yesterday. I just want a nap. I still have 3 classes to teach today. I really want a nap.
And I'm filling out a recommendation form for a student and advisee of mine, Kelly, who may spend a year in a boarding school in Switzerland. If she goes, it could be the best year of her life so far. Or the worst. She's not very socially adept. Well-socialized diplomat kids will eat her alive. Or maybe that school doesn't really have any kids like that. Her parents are pretty strict and she lives in eye-rolling anticipation of yet another grounding because she got a poor science test grade. Maybe a year away from them will finally let her personality blossom. She's not the best student at the school, but she's reasonably bright. She doesn't take criticism very well, but that's because she's a fairly sensitive child.
All I can do is be honest and try to be diplomatic about what may or may not be shortfalls. I could make or break a whole year for her, and I don't even know which decision (stay at our school, go abroad) is the one that would make or break it. Not just a year, possibly her whole high school career if she goes and it's terrible for her.
I hope my bleary self chose the right adjectives. Good luck, Kelly. I'm going to take a nap now.