你喜欢你的课外活动吗?Do You Like Your Extracurricular Activities?

By 刘乙晨 凯斯国际教育-中方高级升学指导顾问
【中国传媒大学计算语言学学士,在加入凯斯之前,她在北京人大附中A Level中心和深圳外国语学校AP中心担任升学指导老师,拥有丰富的升学指导经验。她希望帮助学生在努力接受西方文化的同时保留自身的文化遗产。】


    每年在跟新的学生第一次见面的时候,毫无例外的会被问到一个问题:
    “刘老师,什么样的课外活动对我有帮助……?”
    回答这样的问题其实并不难,但似乎这个回答需要一些时间来理解:
    “什么样的课外活动都有帮助,关键在于这个活动你真的喜欢吗?这个活动激发出你的热情了吗?”
    今天我们就来消化一下这个答案。

    活动持续的时间、参与的深度、投入的程度,这些是美国大学从学员的课外活动列表中想要看到的东西。归根到底,美国大学并不是要去审核你的活动有多大影响力,而是想要看到你是如何安排你的课外活动的、你的兴趣在哪里、你是否能深入的去拓展你的兴趣。而其实这三样东西,都跟你是否喜欢“他”——你的活动——有着很大的关系。

虚构两个例子来对比一下吧

    A:从小学小提琴,小学毕业的时候已经拿到十级,拿到证书前参加了无数的青少儿比赛,但从初中起就没有练习过了,到高中的时候,已经几乎忘记了怎么拉琴,空留一张十级证书。而在高中期间课业繁忙,但为了活动列表有内容而参加了各种校内俱乐部,对每个俱乐部都谈不上喜欢,所以活动一两次就再没动作,也不想组织自己的俱乐部发起活动。活动列表能写十项,每一项都是一两次的活动,每个活动为他带来的都是“去玩了一圈”的经历,列表中只能描述出活动的内容,但任何文章中都没能体现通过活动而引发更深层次的思考。
    B:从小热爱看漫画,虽然爸爸妈妈反对学习漫画,但是自己照着漫画画了十余个本子。未经任何专业的绘画训练,但是因为自己喜欢,在初中阶段跟着书自学了素描的基本功。高中期间课业繁忙,但依然挤时间参加了学校相关的社团素描社和Cosplay。虽然只是社团成员,但因为漫画画的好,为社团出明信片募集资金起到了相当大的作用。同时因为深度参与了社团活动,对如何运营一个“组织”产生了很大的兴趣,开始阅读相关的书籍并于社团内实践。

    如果你是招生官,相信你更倾向于哪个学员是显而易见的。当然来说,并不是说同一所学校一定会录取B而不录取A;但是对于材料的展示来说,B作为一个学员,毫无疑问是更为立体、成熟、有故事的。

    或许有的同学现在会问,那么我现在该怎么做?很简单,拿着你自己的活动列表,问问自己“这些活动我喜欢吗?”同时也不要把课外活动局限在有规律发生的“社团活动”上,也想想自己的兴趣爱好。你任何一个有趣的甚至奇怪的兴趣爱好,都可以是你的课外活动,都值得进一步发展。在有限的课外活动时间中,有几项持续进行的、深入的、对其有热情的活动,就非常好了;如果试图去参与十数项活动,那么结果不是每一项都浅尝辄止,就是要牺牲你的学习表现,这都不是太明智的做法。

    当你发现了有些活动能让你激动起来,那么不要浪费你可贵的热情,发动你的创造力,去发展和深入你真正喜欢的课外活动吧。

Do You Like Your Extracurricular Activities?

When meet with new students every year, I will be asked a question with no exception:
“Eilin, what kind of activities are helpful for my application?”
It is not that difficult to answer that question, but it does take some time to understand the answer:
“All kinds of activities are all helpful but the key is how much you like it? Do you feel passionate about this activity?”
Let’s digest this answer today.

Length, depth and commitment, these are some things colleges want to see from the activity part in your application. Colleges are not judging how influential your activities will be, but instead, they want to know how you arrange your time, what are your interests, and are you willing to go in depth to expand your interests. And all of these are related back to “do you like your extracurricular activities”.

Now, take two fake students as examples:
A.    A learned violin since primary school and got the 10th Level Certificate before graduation from primary school. A participated in many children’s competition but ever since middle school A stopped playing. In high school A almost forgot how to play it, all that remained was a certificate. A’s schedule was tight in high school, but in order to have a full activity list A joined several school clubs. A did not really like any of those, so A did not do anything when the clubs stopped organizing events after the first two attempts. In A’s activity list, A can only provide descriptions of the once or twice activities of each club but none of A’s essays could show A’s understanding of any activities.
B.    B is a comic book lover since little. Although B’s parents were against B’s idea in learning drawing comics, B copied from comic books and had used up many sketch pads to learn by B’s self. In high school B’s schedule was tight but B managed to join school Sketch Club and Cosplay Club. B was just a member of both clubs but because of B could draw pretty well, B’s hand-drawn postcards helped a lot in collecting funding for clubs. At the mean time because B was deeply involved in the clubs, B started to become interested in how an “organization” operates. B started to read books about this and experiments theories in clubs.

If you were the admission person, it is somewhat obvious that who will you incline to, right? It does not mean for a college they would definitely admit B over A; but for the purpose of an application – to show and represent you as a person, B undoubtedly is a more multi-dimensional, mature and interesting applicant.

Now some of you might ask: so what should I do now? It’s simple. Go back and look at your activity list and ask yourself: do I like these activities? Also to remember, do not limit activities into those regularly happened club activities, try think about your hobbies and interests too. Any hobbies, interesting ones or even weird ones, can be your extracurricular activities and will be worthy going deeper. In your limited time outside classroom, several long-going deeply-involved activities are very good; tens of them, however, would end up by trying everything a little bit or sacrifice your school performance and neither of that are the results you want to see.
When you see there are some activities excites you, don’t waste your precious passion and use your creativity. Now, you should go and develop these activities that you really like!

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