Achievers: High School and Activities

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“Over achievers”
What drives them to work so hard?

Balancing School Activities - Do Your Best without Overdoing It

When it comes to activities, some students try to do it all. Do you know someone in your school that plays three sports; belongs to four clubs and holds officer positions in all of them and maintains straight A's? Is it you?

At this stage in your life, you’re probably enjoying exploring your interests and trying out many different activities. You may also think that taking on as many activities as possible will impress colleges. It’s true that overachievers have a lot of things to put on their résumé. But they also pay a price for their packed schedules.

“The truth is that when it comes to activities and school, it’s best to maintain a good balance.” That’s what his secret when I tried to ask him. It does more likely don’t try to do everything. Make a carefully considered decision about what to commit your time to. Quality, not quantity, is what matters — not only to your well-being, but also to college admission officers.


2 The Benefits of Balance

1. You can focus on your passion. It’s wonderful to discover a personal interest or talent that you care about and can get deeply involved in. That’s hard to do if you spread yourself too thin. You should be really enjoying the activities you choose, not just checking them off a list.

2. it’s better for your physical health. Trying to do too much could mean taking shortcuts when it comes to your health. Overachievers may not get enough sleep or take the time to eat balanced meals. Remember that you do your best when you’re rested and well-nourished.

3. it’s better for your mental health. Taking on too many activities is a known cause of teenage stress. Expecting too much of yourself can make you feel anxious. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, ask yourself whether you’ve taken on too much.

4. It might help you get into college. Most colleges say...
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