Development as Well-rounded Individuals
Avoiding Common Pitfalls and Discussion of Balance of High School Life
What makes for a successful high school student?
What do colleges look for in applicants now?
Flashback!Why do colleges look for these things? How does it compare with what colleges once looked for?
Discussion of Pitfalls!
o Biggest pitfall! Fixation with the college application
- Everything in high school doesn’t just lead up to the college application!
- This is a serious problem that detracts from a lot of experiences in high school and ultimately becomes apparent in the college application
- In addition, it impairs success in college and beyond
o Second pitfall! Obsession with “the numbers”
- Things like GPA, SAT scores, AP scores
- These things are important, but they’re not everything!
o Avoiding the pitfalls – the well-rounded lifestyleHigh school life breakdown – a closer look, keeping in mind the common pitfalls and how they might impact decision-making
o Course selection + standardized tests
o Extracurricular activities – balance + having fun
o EssaysAdult support in high school life – from coaches to parents
o Role of parents in high school life
o Interactions with coaches, mentors, professors, etc.
o Discussion of important things to keep in mind and important things to avoid
Speaker, Alex L.
- Accepted into Stanford REA and got Harvard Likely letter to the class of 2019
- Science Olympiad Team President
- Numerous regional and state individual event championships
- First team from Bay Area to ever qualify to Science Olympiad National Tournament
- Research Intern 1.5+ years
- Multiple research publications
- Eagle Scout
- Privately employed scientific research publication editor, math tutor
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