To you, who didn’t make it


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To you, who did not make it in the latest LET

Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success … and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.
—John Keats (1795-1821)

Smile. Yes, you still can.

This was how we welcomed you at MindGym months ago.
You believed you can, right?
You studied smart to make it, right?
You prayed fervently to pass the LET, right?

But, today, something went wrong for you–
You didn’t see you name in PRC’s list of passers.
You felt sorry when others around you were celebrating their successes.
You blamed yourself for not passing.

We had mixed feelings that day too. We rejoiced over our 8 LET topnotchers and passers but believe me, we felt sad that others didn’t make it. It’s funny that we even combed the PRC list several time as we took chances of finding extra names of LET passers whom we missed on first pass.

It was so difficult for me to text back to someone asking: pumasa ba ako mo/am.

I didn’t have the right words to say when I get messages like: pasensya na po at di ako pumasa. I also had to ask myself: where could WE have been better?

I am writing you to remind you that: Yes, you still can!

Your MindGym family and I will continue to care for you and coach you until you make it as a professional teacher for as long as you keep trying.

What should you do?

  • If you haven’t yet filed for the upcoming LET, it’s not too late. Hurry. File now.
  • Check your LET ratings so that you know your weak points and be more efficient. Remember, time is of the essence. Sacrifice some gimmicks for the Christmas season which you would have to use for review.
  • If you feel like giving up, read Sister Sheila, Carla, and Joel’s stories in our LETers Choice Warm Ups book and then go back to your LET goal. Having failed this time doesn’t mean that you are a failure. It just wasn’t your time to pass yet. You may have encountered uncontrollables during the LET, like many who were given less than the prescribed time or even some who were not allowed to use their calculators. God must be preparing you for something better to come.
  • If you want to make sure you’ll pass this time: focus, network, re-commit and of course, pray.

You are blessed. You have not been struck by major life catastrophes. You are not begging for life’s essentials. You are not orphaned. You are alive.

You have us, your MindGym family — in good times, in bad times, by your side in your journey as a teacher.

Smile. Yes, you can!

Mo/am Alice and your MindGym family


Just to let you know that your MindGym family cares so much about you, here are their words of encouragement as posted in our Facebook Page:

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About Mo/am Alice

As Education Administrator/Director of MindGym, she tackles the center’s day-to-day affairs and gives its learners the warmth, care, and support that only the “heart” could afford to deliver. As one of the main coaches for MindGym’s Intensive Coaching for LET, she infuses practical lessons not only for LET success but for life as a teacher. She vows to be a lifelong learner. Follow her on Twitter.
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