Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Success is not a goal it is a personal Journey. I'm concurring with the premise that the that extra curricular activities aren't part of the admission decision at the Universities in Jordan, and correctly so. So what !. I think that when the person decides to excel in some kind of a nonacademic activity, s/he are considered pursuing something personal, and no matter what this nonacademic personal activity is, it will not contribute to the advancement of the University in any way, shape or form, particularly when the University is considered an academic institution interested in teaching, in research, and in bringing up a learned generation. The University isn't a social club, it isn't a political organization, it is not an athletic arena. That is why it doesn't feel that it is obligated to consider the nonacademic extra curricular activity as part of its admission decision. The value of being socially, politically, or economically involved during adulthood years solely benefits those that are interested in pursuing such activities. Having said that, there are some activities that could be directly related to ones academic ambitions, for instance if one is applying at the university for creative writing curriculum, this person would be obligated to show that at some point during their life time they had done some creative writing work. It may have been a short novel that the person had written, it may have been an activity with the high school newsletter, or any work that will demonstrate that the person had interest in creative writing. I'm not suggesting her that extra curricular activities should be eliminated from people's lives, all I'm saying is that it is up to the individual to decide what they want to do with their creative mind.Some like your sister may want to run for student council, some body else may want to tutor other students, some may want to establish newsletter, some may want to be crossing guards, some may want to be involved in athletics, and so on and so forth. None of these activities have any relevance to academic excellence or its pursuit. I guess I'm siding with the University for not giving any academic value to nonacademic activities.