President’s Day, celebrated on the third Monday in February, was originally established to recognize President George Washington, but has since become a day recognizing all U.S. presidents past and present. When reflecting on this holiday, the word leadership comes to mind. We at Best in Class believe that having high marks on a report card is important, but so is the value of strong leadership skills in our students. Through our programs, we place a strong focus on building leadership skills in students, especially high school students who are applying to colleges.
College admissions have transformed in the past decade. According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, each year nearly 60 percent of freshman college students realize they are not prepared for post-secondary studies. It is only through a well-rounded education that students can be confident in their abilities and knowledge. Colleges are not only looking at grades and test scores; but also for strong leadership abilities and self-efficacy.
If your child is preparing to enter a college or university, here are some tips to help them achieve and hone their leadership strengths. These are also great ways to build experiences that can be highlighted on college applications.
Run for student government – Being able to work with others and lead through student council is a great way to show determination and dedication. This is also a great way to meet people and learn from others.
Become president of a club – Does your child have an interest in chess, debate or sports? Becoming captain of an intramural team or president of an organization shows initiation.
Take the lead on group projects – Taking on this role helps students work efficiently and creatively. Learning to delegate whilst being fair is a life-long lesson.
Volunteer – Dedicating time to a cause that a student is passionate in is not only a great resume builder, but it shows empathy and emotional intelligence.
Be a team player – Even if your child isn’t class president or captain of the team, being a team player, showing eagerness and always being a good sport is just as important as having a leading role.
Branch out – Being part of several different organizations shows depth and well-roundedness. Encourage your child to explore new activities; they might even discover a hidden talent.
Who knows? Maybe someday we’ll be celebrating your child on President’s Day.