Designing Your Year Workshop for 9th and 10th Graders

For high school freshmen and sophomores, fall is the ideal time to experiment with a variety of extracurricular activities. That’s how you’ll learn which ones are most interesting for your student.

Designing The Year Workshop for 9th and 10th Graders

To help students create a set of activities that they're excited about that will ultimately help build out their college resumes, we are pleased to once again offer our workshop on September 21 at Trinity Episcopal School from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

In this 2-hour workshop, students will begin developing their activity and leadership plan for the new school year. This plan includes extracurricular activities, service learning, research on possible majors, and coursework goals.

Often, with students who are early in their high school career, we hear questions like “Should my child join clubs?” and “Which activities will look best on my applications?” But these may not be the right questions to start with. Instead, we’ve found that students benefit from first taking a step back and spending some time assessing their aptitudes, skills, and motivations, by asking questions like:

·      “What do I do well naturally?”

·      “What skills have I already developed?”

·      “What activities do I get most excited about?”

·      “What activities would I try if there were no chance that I might fail?”

The answers can help you understand what you’re good at, what you’re interested in, and how you might want to challenge yourself by trying something new. They’ll help you choose activities you find meaningful, engage more deeply in those activities, and thrive in high school.

Extracurricular activities to consider

Activities come in all shapes and sizes. Some are school-affiliated. Some aren’t. Athletics, clubs, community service, hobbies, internships, jobs, academic summer programs...the list goes on. And it includes less traditional activities—like building a computer, designing and making clothing, writing original music, journalism, or literature, and researching and sharing strategies to protect the bee population.

The nature of the activity isn’t nearly as important as what it says about your personal journey. You just need to demonstrate that you’re passionate about something, and dedicated to deepening your relationship with and understanding of it.

Activities you might consider include:

·      Taking a coding class

·      Trying out for the school play

·      Signing up for a church or synagogue retreat

·      Babysitting

·      Writing short stories or screenplays

Go ahead—find an activity to try, and start discovering whether it’s right for you!