Striving for Well-rounded Art and Athletic “Educations”

by Michael Garcia on July 3, 2014

The below article by college admissions expert, Christiana Quinn, gives great testament to a well-rounded education that involves arts, athletics and a variety of other extra-curricular interests. While these activities provide equally formational and valuable merits to both arts and athletic "educations", I would agree with Christina that being one-dimensional, regardless of activity, does jeopardize a child's opportunity for a well-rounded education and potentially a college acceptance letter.

Make sure your schools and organizations have the best booster clubs in place to ensure that these arts and athletic activities are affordable and available for all students!

College Admissions: The Real Danger in Being a High School Athlete

Monday, June 30, 2014

Obviously, a sport teaches many valuable lessons, from leadership and being a team player, to healthy living. However, athletics have taken over the extra-curricular landscape in the number of hours they demand. And the result is that too many kids are not exposed to enough art, music and theatre; outside interests are not permitted to emerge. They are taught that it’s cool to be on the lacrosse team but not the math team. School newspapers, even in digital form, are dying. A neighborhood croquet game, just for fun, is a thing of the past. So, as you drive your child to their fifth sports practice this week, stop and ask yourself “Am I fostering an environment where my child is becoming one dimensional?” If the answer is yes, then realize that it could hurt them in the long run. Help your child realize that other interests are just as important (or more important) than sports, and guide them to be multi-dimensional. It will help them in the college admissions process and in life.

Cristiana Quinn, M.Ed. is the founder of College Admission Advisors, LLC which provides strategic, college counseling and athletic recruiting services for students. www.collegeadvisorsonline.com

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