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At the start of the new school year, it is important that students decide which extracurricular activities they want to pursue or try. How can they continue to develop natural interests in skills? How to balance the time between academics and external enrichment? Setting clear and intentional goals each academic year for academics and engagement can help students not only plan their time, but also cultivate passions that can be beneficial on their path to college.
What to choose + Why
With so many engagement options, it can be difficult to know where to start. We recommend that students first explore clubs and activities their school might offer and sign up for what interests them most. If the options you are looking for do not exist, broaden your search to the community. There are many local businesses and resources waiting to be tapped, whether in the arts or coding, or beyond. Taking the first step is often the most difficult, but with a little encouragement and parental support, students can be well on their way to dedicating their time in a way that is both meaningful and fun.
Stay open to opportunities
When selecting activities, we recommend that you look for ones that naturally appeal to students and are open to what they might do. What begins with an interest in drawing can eventually lead to a successful career in fashion design, graphic design, or architecture. By deliberately exploring the opportunities, students can begin to determine the components of majors and professional interests that will be critical to both the admissions process and future success.
Don’t focus too much
Students should make the most of the opportunities around them, but in a balanced way. The goal for university preparation is high academic performance, standardized test scores and in-depth subject learning. We encourage a healthy understanding of a student’s position relative to their peers and their overall trajectory, so that they can seek focused improvement, experience realistic academic perspectives, and most importantly, be able to adapt. before it’s too late.
Tony Di Giacomo Ph.D. is an educator and founder of Novella Prep. He has 20 years of academic experience in admissions, development, teaching and research. Contact him at [email protected]