February 15, 2019
To be well-rounded means that you aren’t just focused on your academic life. You create a school-life balance where you can focus on extracurricular things as well—like music, sports, and other hobbies and interests. Learning to be well-rounded is an important part of having a meaningful life and a successful career. Just think about some of the successful people you may know, like
Oprah Winfrey: After running the Oprah Winfrey show for 25 seasons, Winfrey has become one of the most well-known women in America. When she’s not running the Oprah Winfrey Network or doing many of the promotional work-related activities that she participates in, she loves to read! If you check out her Instagram, you can see that she also has an appreciation for the arts, good food, and spending time with the people she cares about.
Michelle Obama: This former first lady is active! She is a very busy woman, advocating for healthy living in children, writing books, and doing speaking engagements. One thing she’s really passionate about, though, is exercise. She loves to run!
Jack Dorsey: He’s the co-founder of Twitter and although running a tech company sounds like it could be hectic and life-consuming, he still makes time to do things that he loves. For example, he dedicates his Saturdays to hiking.
How Can You Become a Well-Rounded Individual?
Becoming a well-rounded person starts during your earlier years of life, so it’s a key thing to start doing right now while you’re in junior high or high school. Here are some steps you can take to start developing a balanced life.
Step 1: Sign Up for Extra-Curricular Activities
At Providence Hall, we offer students the opportunity to participate in clubs, sports, and the performing arts. These will teach you valuable skills that you can take with you in your post-high school life. Our debate team, for example, can teach you to form arguments that are well-researched and come across effectively—skills that will be crucial later on in your life if you need to defend your dissertation in graduate school or pitch a new product idea to your boss. Sports can teach you teamwork—being a team player can make you a very valuable (and likable) employee in whatever career field you go into. Being able to work with other people is a big part of what it takes to be successful in life.
Step 2: Find Something You Like to Do Off Campus
Getting good grades is most likely a huge focus for you right now. That doesn’t mean that school has to take up your entire life. You need to find something you like to do outside of school, so you can have something you can turn to when you’re feeling stressed or just need some downtime. If you don’t already have a hobby, give these things a try:
- Treasure Hunting (ever heard of geocaching?)
- Cooking (could you be the next Flynn McGarry?)
- Rock climbing (who knows, maybe you’ll try out for American Ninja Warrior!)
- Creating and editing YouTube videos (be the next great teen YouTube personality!)
- Learn how to code (use a free resource like Codecademy)
Finding a hobby that you like to do will not only give you more skills but it could also give you a career direction. If coding is for you, for example, you could end up becoming a web developer. If cooking is your thing, then maybe you’ll end up opening your own restaurant one day. Your hobbies can open doors for you—giving you more opportunities in your future career path and allowing you to meet new people.
Step 3: Always Make Time for You
Being a teenager is a busy life. There is so much to do and so much to get done. It can be very overwhelming which is why scheduling time for yourself is crucial. Plan ahead and be disciplined about doing it. For example, you could say that every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm to 9pm is your time to participate in hobbies that interest you and make you happy. Try not to let anything get in the way of your hobby time. If something does come up like a family or school event, make allowances but make sure to reschedule your hobby time for sometime during the week.
At Providence Hall Charter School, we want to help you to become as successful and well-rounded as possible. If you’re interested in pursuing certain clubs or extracurricular classes at Providence Hall High, please contact the counseling center.