More than just academics
November 9, 2011 2:34am CST
As a college student, I had the opportunities & I grabbed them as well for all-round development. I took up the challenge of leading the batch of students for the final year education tour without accompanying staff. The principal pleaded a staff member could not be spared but the batch did not want to miss the opportunity that every previous batch was privileged to complete. The principal cautioned us that we would be going at our own risk and college would take no responsibility. The classmates were looking up to me as designated secretary. Some students dropped out assuming the tour would not happen. I did not want disappointment for those who were very keen. We indicated to the administration that they should not disown and facilitate our self initiative. I organized the tour, it was a safe & successful tour and all the members of the group enjoyed & were thankful to me. I also felt highly gratified and it boosted my leadership instinct. I also took lead in many cultural & co-curricular events and could win several prizes. What is/was your life like during college days? Could you mix academics with co-curricular activities? If you are a parent, what are your children doing in this regard? Curious to know. Please share.
9 Nov 11
That was actually great. Taking the initiative to lead your class with educational tour certainly shows how willing and capable you are to become a leader. I understand though that the principal doesn't want you to go without an accompanying staff since it's still part of your school activity and if ever something wrong happened to you and your class, it is still the school that is answerable. nevertheless, I would say that since your classmates were very satisfy of the outcome, it was a successful tour and you could actually put it on your resume as part of your credentials provided you have a supporting document that you really did lead your class to this activity.
9 Nov 11
First let me congratulate you for a job well done. You re right, sometimes students learn more outside the classroom and extra curricular activities are important or the whole being of a student. So sad that my daughter is not bent on extra curricular activities and prefer to deal more on her academics. As much as i want her to be, I think she has all the right to do what she wants. I just hope she's not missing something!
9 Nov 11
Hello Edna. Some children are known to be intent & sharply focused on academics based on certain perceptions & aspirations. As you rightly say, they can't be pushed. It may benefit her in the long run if you gradually inculcate the interest in non academics as well. You will probably give it a little more space & time. Wish her well.
9 Nov 11
at some point in college, we took some responsibilities that we never thought we could do. i like your story and you seem to take pride of it. yes, you should. i think taking responsibilities is a better way to make us feel matured and grown up. if we passed that stage, then we can assume responsibilities and be trusted with chores and tasks. yes, i was active too in organizations. i think my extra-curricular activities helped me gain confidence in dealing with people.