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Week of June 8th | Issue 8

Dear PREP Families,

We’d like to start by acknowledging that we are writing to you this week during a confusing and stressful time. We want to communicate that we take the responsibility of caring for our PREP family very seriously. We stand by our students of color and will support all students who may struggle with questions moving forward. We are here for each and every one of you! 

It's difficult to process information, manage stress, or take care of others until you take care of yourself. The world needs kind, smart, centered, caring people, so we’d like to invite you this week to join us in some self-care. Little things like drinking more water, going on a walk, taking a deep breath, or cutting down your screen time are all ways you could care for yourself this week. 

Dealing with change is hard, and making changes can be even harder. Be proud every time you make room for self-care, and please be kind to yourself. We are proud of any progress you make, and you should be too! 
 
                                       - The PREP Team
 
Virtual STEM Academy Updates
The registration deadlines for You and the Universe, College & Career Awareness A, and Physics are coming up this Friday! If you haven't registered yet, you can do so on our website. For those of you who are registered, make sure you send us your UT EID by this Friday at noon

Hello from Mr. Holland, Statistics Instructor!

The Environmental Science Institute is holding an event next Friday, June 19th! Dr. Raychelle Burks will explore how superheroes like the Avengers use science to keep villains in check and save the world. Can't wait? Check out Dr. Burks's awesome series of SciPop Talks, which blend science and pop culture. 

One of our favorite partners, KLRU, has launched a new collection of all-day programming called PBS At-Home Learning. You can see this week's content schedule here, which features awesome NOVA programs that explore airplane technology, water molecules, the universe, and more (what could be more than the universe? We guess you'll have to click on the schedule to find out)! PREP 2 physics aficionados: we recommend the NOVA Black Holes series. 

Cook'Em from UT Austin's Department of Nutritional Sciences is a collection of student-produced videos designed to highlight food science and safety techniques with easy-to-understand recipes. Hands-on kitchen chemistry and culinary research techniques make cooking these recipes a fun (and delicious) way to take PREP 3 Research & Inquiry knowledge from the lab to the kitchen. 

DataCamp is an online platform that provides free tutorials in R, Python, and SQL. Many of you PREP 4 students probably remember using R to analyze your independent project data in PREP 3. Similar data analysis and very cool data visualizations can be coded in Python - we encourage you to give it a try! 
If someone tells you that they "work in healthcare", they could be doing a number of things. This is because 'healthcare' can encompass a wide range of functions and processes. In fact, you'll often see "health" separated into two main categories: physical and mental health. Both of these categories contribute to each person's overall sense of well-being at all stages of life. Whether you are a full-time student or a career professional, maintaining your physical and mental health is critical.

If you are interested in learning about careers that help keep others healthy and thriving, try researching Dietitians- you may even learn a fun new recipe to try! You could also look into the career path of a Mental Health Counselor. You deserve to pursue a career that is fulfilling and rewarding for you, so we encourage you to start researching today.
As a student, there are many stressors you could encounter in a day. You're probably balancing some combination of family, school work, extra-curricular activities, friends, and self-care. That's a lot to manage, so it's perfectly natural to start feeling less than your best. The longer you let these stressors linger, the worse it will make you feel. Ever wonder why you feel sick after long periods of stress, like when you are studying for exams? It's very important that you are listening to your body - it knows what it needs.

There are lots of ways you can begin to cope with stress, but some of our favorites include a) taking time to practice meaningful reflection and b) doing something nice for others or for yourself. You can knock both of these out at once by completing this week's reflection piece below! We hope that it will help you through a time this week when you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed. Remember, this is a time for you to focus on how you feel and have a meaningful conversation with yourself. When complete, you can keep it for yourself, but if you would like to share with us via email, we'd love to hear from you!

Journal Prompt: Tell us about a time you gave someone good advice. What was it and how did it help?
We hope you enjoyed last week's challenge! You can see a solution from Mr. Holland, our Statistics Instructor, in this week's staff greeting video

We've featured the introductory video for the eighth math challenge below.  After watching the video, you can read more about the challenge and how to complete it on the Collaborative Mathematics site. Remember to submit your solutions by emailing them to us with the subject line "Confetti Problem" for a chance to be featured in next week's newsletter! 
Math Challenge #8: Confetti Problem
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