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权威信息丨美国大学对课外活动的要求
作者:21ST   来源:国际教育圈    日期: 2016-06-20

 


文/张铁光教授,英国剑桥大学博士,独立国际教育研究工作者

 

希望到美国留学的学生及其家长都知道,课外活动在申报美国大学的过程中起到一定的重要作用,但是如何能够让孩子找到适合自己的课外活动,这是让家长和学生感到困惑的一个问题,所以我们必须了解美国大学考察学生课外活动的理由和原因。

 

下面的资料来自美国College Board的网站,应该具有一定的权威性。我们都知道,许多国际学校为学生提供了许多参加课外活动的机会,但是课外活动更多的是每个孩子自己个性的东西,大学招生官员更希望看到孩子是否从个性化的活动中找到了自我的生存价值和意义。

 

进入College Board网站:Big Future

 https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/?affiliateId=cbhomeexp&bannerId=bf

 选择Outside Classroom


 选择:Extracurricular Matter – To You and To College


下图是耶鲁大学招生主管谈论课外活动的录像:


 

Getting involved in clubs, sports, work or other pursuits outside the classroom can give you new skills and help you learn about yourself — and can be fun.

 参与俱乐部、体育、工作或其它课外活动,可以给你新的技能并帮助你了解自己——同时这也十分有趣。

 

 Here’s something else you should know: Extracurriculars also play a part when you apply to colleges. Most college applications ask about your activities. That’s because the things you do in your free time reveal a lot about you — in ways that grades and test scores can’t. Your accomplishments outside the classroom show what you’re passionate about and that you have qualities valued by colleges. Here are a few examples:

 还有还有一些你应该知道的:在你申请大学的时候课外活动也有一定的作用和影响。大多数大学的申请会询问你的课外活动。因为你业余时间做的事情反映了于你的很多情况,这些信息是分数和考试成绩所不能传达的。你课外所取得的成反映了你的激情以及你所具有的素质,这些素质大学也相当重视。

 

下面是几个例子:

 · Serving in student government shows that you have leadership skills.

 在学生会任职,表示你有领导才能。

 

 · Being on the track team through high school shows that you’re able to make a long-term commitment.

 · 高中时期参加田径队,表示你能做出长期的承诺。

 

 · Doing volunteer work at a hospital shows that you are dedicated to helping others.

 在一家医院做志愿者工作,表明你乐于助人。

 

 · Working a part-time job while keeping your grades up shows that you are responsible and can manage your time.

 · 做兼职工作同时保持成绩提升,表明你有责任并且能管理你的时间。

 

 Colleges want to know who you are and what you can do. Your activities help you show them. So put down the books and get out there!

 大学想知道你是谁,你能做什么。你的课外活动将帮助你展现自我,所以放下书本,活动去吧!

 

Here are the most common kinds of extracurricular activities.

 以下是最常见的课外活动。

 

 School Activities 学校的活动

 These might include sports teams, special-interest clubs, a school newspaper, music groups and student government.

 可能包括运动队、兴趣俱乐部、学校通讯社,乐队和学生会。

 

Community Activities 社区活动

 Examples are community theater, music, and art groups as well as local clubs and sports teams.

 例如社区剧场、音乐、艺术团以及当地俱乐部和运动队。

 

Work工作

 Internships, summer jobs, part-time work, babysitting, delivering newspapers — it all counts.

 实习、暑期工、兼职工作、照顾小孩、送报纸——这些都算数。

 

Volunteering志愿服务 

This might mean tutoring elementary school kids, helping out at the animal shelter or raising funds for a charity.

 可能是辅导小学的孩子们,在动物收容所帮忙,或者为慈善事业筹集资金。

 

How to Get Started如何开始

 Whether you want to learn more about politics, public speaking or cooking, you can find an activity that will help you explore that interest. Here are some ideas for starting your search:

 无论你是想多学些政治、演讲还是烹饪,你都能找到一个能帮助你探索兴趣的活动。这里有一些助你开始的点子: 

 

· Ask your friends what groups they belong to.

 问你的朋友他们属于哪一组。

 

· Check your school’s bulletin boards or website.

 检查学校的公告或网站。 

 

·Talk to your school counselor or your teachers about activities.

 与你学校的辅导员或老师谈谈有关课外活动。

 

· If you have a place of worship, find out if it organizes activities.

 如果你有一个礼拜的地方,去看看它是否有组织的活动。

 

· Look into national organizations, such as Junior Achievement, Girl or Boy S couts, and the YMCA or YWCA.

 · 看看国家组织,如青年成就会、女孩或男孩童子军,和基督教青年会获女青年会。

 

 · Think about starting your own club or group.

 或者想想建立自己的俱乐部或团体。

 

Student Stories 学生的故事 

As these students found, an extracurricular activity can introduce you to a lifelong passion, give you new perspectives or show you that you can achieve amazing things.

 这些学生会发现,课外活动将给予你终身的激情,给予你全新的视角,或者实现的惊人事情。

 

Katie Found a Major Katie, a high school senior, says that after joining her school’s drama club, she finally found something she loves. She’s heading to college to earn a degree in technical theater, where she’ll learn to work behind the scenes to bring plays to life.

 凯蒂是一位高中生,她说在她参加学校的戏剧俱乐部之后,她终于找到了自己喜欢的东西。她将要去上大学读戏剧,在那里她将学习幕后工作。

 

Kelsey Expanded Her Horizons Kelsey, a college junior, says that her activity shaped her into the person she is today.

 凯尔西,大学低年级学生,她说她的课外活动塑造了她,让她成为今天的自己。

 

 In high school, Kelsey joined a community-based club that focuses on empowering girls. Spending time with the group’s members — who came from diverse backgrounds — helped Kelsey become more open-minded toward people who are different from her. And taking on leadership roles in the organization built Kelsey’s confidence. “The program gave me the opportunity to learn about myself in a positive environment,” she says.

 在高中,凯尔西加入了一个以社区为基础的俱乐部,专注于增强女孩的能力。来自不同的背景的组内成员帮助凯尔西变得更加包容更加开放。在该组织担任领导的角色建立了凯尔西的信心。她说:“这个项目给了我一个机会,让我在一个积极的环境中学习了解我自己。

 

Ben Learned He Could Make Things Happen Ben, a college freshman, says that his experience made him “realize that the world is full of possibilities.”

 本,一位大学新生,他说,他的经验使他意识到,世界充满了可能性。

 

 Ben started a charity golf tournament when he was 10 years old to raise money for a local hospital. By the time he graduated from high school, the tournament had raised more than one million dollars.

 本在他10岁的时候开始组织一个慈善高尔夫球巡回赛,为当地医院筹集资金。到他高中毕业的时候,这一赛事已经筹集了一百万多美元。





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