Sunday, 22 March 2015

Why It's Okay To Not Be A Bookworm

A Guest Post by Remi Mayer

In the process of high school and college education, every little thing you do can turn out to be magic, to paraphrase Sting. From freshmen to senior year, I’ve always had the tendency to go for more, strive to be greater. Sometimes my parents weren’t particularly happy with me dedicating my time to so many things outside my mandatory classes and courses, but I always knew why it was important to me. Your compulsory curriculum will teach you theory, but when you step into the real world, you’re going to need a lot more practical knowledge, certain skills and competences and a willingness to apply yourself to new and different things. Here is why I think not keeping your head in the books and venturing beyond the curriculum is a good thing.
-How You Choose To Spend Your Time At High School Is Important-

It might be that leaders are born, but I'm strongly convinced that high school is the key period for turning yourself towards the direction of success and more responsible duties in your later life and career. On that road to success, becoming a member of a high school student club or organization as early as possible could be very important for you college future. The great thing about being a freshman member of groups like those is that you have a lot of time to climb to the leading position, but you also have a lot of time to gain new friends and meet people who might become your future colleagues.

-Learn From My Experience-

When I was in high school, I tried that plan and it worked. In my junior year I was elected the president of the debate club in my high school. And when I was enrolling into college, I was told this made a difference. Since I decided to enroll in social studies, it was relevant for my later career. Who knows, maybe it was because girls tend to speak more, but I found this debate club a precious experience which helped me develop important social skills, as well. There are always going to be some people who will think committing yourself to things like this is not important or cool, but to be honest, what do they know? It’s ok to start something, it’s ok to try different things, and even if you don’t like them, you can always say you tried. The only way you’ll truly get to know what you enjoy doing and what you’re good at is if you try and try again until you find it.

-An Interdisciplinary Approach Is So Collegy-

Of course, I mean in a positive way. When you give your best in school and decorate all those nice grades with some additional activities, it will look great once you sit in front of a college admissions committee. Many colleges want their students to show an interdisciplinary interest and a person with such an experience from high school will be much more valued. For your own benefit, such juggling of tasks and commitments will make you develop great time management skills. You can actually be more productive when you set your mind to it and know that you have a strict deadline that you need to follow.

-You'll Learn To Be A Bit Of A Personal PR-

As you lead a group of students or an organization, you will also learn how to present your qualities in the best way possible. What is even more important, you will get to know the techniques of concealing your weak spots. Once you decide to enroll into college, you will have to write a motivational letter. A rich leadership experience from your high school can help you write a perfect college admission essay.

As you can see, being only a book worm will give you great theoretical knowledge, but colleges want some special effects, so to say. Trying out different things and applying yourself to different causes will not only show your diverse interests, but it will show that you are skilled, communicative, organized and show initiative for the things you care about. So, learn hard in classes, stand out in other activities and your college and your work career won't fail.
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6 comments

  1. I get what this post is trying to say but I don't think it's very tactful - 'bookworms' (I really don't think this is the right term) do not need any more reasons to feel down about being into their studies than they undoubtedly already have. I get that someone who isn't great academically will take comfort in this but extra-curricular activities are not the be all and end all.

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    1. I wouldn't say this gives anyone any reason to feel down about themselves! The post is about making those who don't feel as strong as others academically feel less pressure and more positive and doesn't say anything negative about people who are more academic in the process xx

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  2. I totally agree with this, I think too many people think the way to succeed in life or jobs is to be buried in books anyway, well you can't learn social skills or life experiences, or even the way to handle situations so I really think that sometimes getting out there is more important and educating xxx

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  3. Hi Megan, Hi Jessica, thanks for commenting. :)

    I'll just give my opinion from my point of view. My idea with this was not to make anyone feel bad about studying. But exactly, a lot of people put way too much pressure on themselves about studying and just not looking outside of the box (in this case books) and realizing that a lot of practical skills that one needs in life after high school/college can't be learned though reading a book but actually going out there and implementing what you have learned theoretically.

    So yeah, really didn't want to offend anyone with this article, but just wanted to point out that hands-on experience is equally as important as having good grades and studying hard.

    Cheers

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  4. I found this really interesting to read, and definitely agree there's more to education than books. As much as education is important people will be just as interested to hear about other experiences.

    Kristy | thevioletblonde.com

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  5. Totally agree with this. And there is just not one set way in life to achieve!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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