When I was in 9th grade it was customary at our school for students to carry their report cards from class to class for teachers to complete, documenting your grades and writing brief subjective comments. I was excited and nervous at the end of the year as I approached my last class of the day. I had managed straight A's until then, and my record was in the balance. As it was my turn to make an oral presentation to a class distracted by thoughts of summer recess, my palms were profusely moistened because of concern regarding my pending grade and due to wishing to please an audience who could really care less, just happy to not be similarly obligated. As I spoke, I could feel my heart beating while I watched the big black hands on the traditional 15” circular white clock face slowly glide into their final positions. Then, she stated “Congratulations on straight A's this semester. Fine presentation, and all of you enjoy your summer.” I believed that my grade was right on the margin. However, she cared, and my report card now looked like a shiny new car. You are fortunate when you have teachers who is interested in your welfare and promote your well-being. Some are like crabs in a barrel.
As you approach the completion of your college application processes, make sure that you choose the right teachers and staff persons from whom to solicit recommendation letters and other assistance. Some really wish the most for you, those who care. Others would be better served with hot drawn butter.