A recent New York Times article discussed the value of generalization over specialization. Successful professionals are flexible, adaptable, and able to pull different tools out of their toolkit to get the job done. That versatility comes from having a broad range of skills and experiences under one’s belt, rather than singular expertise honed to perfection. But here’s the thing. In the midst of all these butterflies and roses on the winding path to enlightenment comes the college admissions process. We regularly tell juniors and seniors to commit deeply to a few things, engage in activities where they can have meaningful impact, perhaps let a few activities go so they can prioritize growth within the specific arenas they’ve chosen. How, then, does a college counselor (& parent) reconcile these competing worldviews? Find out in the latest post to the College Coach Insider blog at blog.getintocollege.com.
A College Counselor’s (& Parent’s) Perspective on Exploration vs. Specialization
Back in May, I shared this article with my colleagues, along with my own quick response: “Fun article valuing exploration rather than early specialization. References data that pre-meds and similarly focused students earn more out of the gate, but the explorers outpace them long term.” The author is a new parent, like myself, and his parenting values aligned with my own: nurture your kid’s curiosity, encourage them to explore and play and try new things, and don’t get wrapped up in any particular talent or accomplishment. It’s a good read, a reassuring read, for parents who aren’t raising a Perfect Golden Child. (And for all regular people, really.)