frequently call upon their high school counselors in desperate search
of insight, wisdom and, ultimately, enlightenment. Or, is it that these
counselors would prefer that this be the situation, especially when students
of QHS are in the process of choosing extracurricular activities.
It seems that, far too often, what should be instructive and constructive
recreation becomes instead an exercise for the high school student aimed
at satisfying a perception of not attending to the process of what the
seminar block is actually intended to be used. Yet with the aim of many
students to enter college, it may seem for what the student is using EC
is too often aimed at satisfying the perception of an ever-widening college
admissions performance maw. It might be the perceived notion that any
First Rate University (FRU) requires evidence of world class well roundedness
in order for a student to be among the select few who are both accepted
and receive financial incentives to attend.
For a moment understand the way extracurricular activities are chosen
from both the college admissions perspective, and from what may be referred
to as the “healthy” student developmental side – in
other words – “what's best for the student.”
Speaking with college officers, there is the overwhelming impression that
the well-rounded student is what admissions people are looking for. What
they want is a well-rounded student body. That is, a group of students
each with at least one well developed skill that will contribute to the
vitality of campus life.
It became quite clear a student who demonstrates to a college admissions
officer at a campus with a vacancy in the marching band that she/he can
play the clarinet superbly is going to be recruited ahead of, and be granted
a better financial offer than, a student who has participated in six different
extracurricular activities in high school but has not developed any one
of them to any depth.
Here are a few rules you should ask yourself as you consider when choosing
extracurricular activities. These rules are not always popular, yet may
lead not only to a better high school experience, but also to greater
opportunities at FRU.
RULE ONE: The student should never choose an activity that is going to
take away from the primary reason she/he is attending high school in the
first place, that is, to benefit to the fullest extent possible from the
classroom experience. A student of high school age should be getting at
least nine hours of sound sleep each night. Some students need more. If
the student is depending on Star bucks to stay awake in the classroom
that is an indication that the student may be running a sleep or nutrition
RULE TWO: The student should consider long and hard whether she/he wants
to participate in any activity that clearly endangers him. If the activity
subjects the student to the possibility of permanent injury, serious consideration
is required. Counselors realize that high school students on some level
are invested with a concept of personal invincibility.
RULE THREE: The activity or activities that the student participates in
should be those that will either develop a life enriching skill (public
speaking, music, social sport) ideally combined with an actual interest
or affection for the endeavor.
OVERVIEW: A high school career should be navigated in such a way so as
a) Satisfy natural curiosities through intellectual effort and achievement;
b) Develop socially thorough activities that invite people to work and
play cooperatively in a way that is not harmful to body or mind;
c) Develop one or two life enhancing skills in depth (music, social sport,
speech, leadership); and,
d) Keep everything in balance from the standpoint of proper rest and nutrition.
Recently overheard the following in a college admissions office: "Too
many of our freshman, especially our young men, are arriving on our campus
as damaged goods."
It might be believed parents and counselors should encourage high school
students to focus on developing the kinds of skills that prepare them
to greet their futures with confidence and enthusiasm. After all, remember
that these students are just getting their lives underway.
Activities here at QHS [what is the list missing?]
Clubs, Athletics, Intramurals
Art Cub, Band, Chorus, Drama, Club, French Club, Spanish Club, National
Honor Society, Youth in Government, Student Council, Quiz Bowel, Chess
Club, SADD, Basketball- boys and girls, Track and Field boys and girls,
Softball, Baseball, Football, Cross country boys and girls, Cheerleading,
Volleyball, Wrestling, AP English trip, Varsity club, Freshman Ski trip