Lately I’ve been noticing things that I have never noticed before. Taking a step back from my life and observing friends and peers has shown me a whole new realization about memory, the brain, and how “focusing on your studies” can actually be harmful in the long run.
Balancing school with extracurricular activities is definitely a hard task to take on, but my class work has improved in a variety of ways by filling my schedule and immersing myself into clubs and a job. Currently I am a sophomore studying Interior Design, a tutor at the Center for Learning and Academic Success, and a dancer on W!cked hip hop team. What I have realized from balancing these three parts of my life is that the choreography I have to memorize exercises my brain in ways the classroom doesn’t. Because of the memorization that I am doing for dance, my retention of software and tools that I use every day in my interior design courses and tutoring sessions, I have noticed, has become stronger.
While this may not be an ideal schedule for some students, they should still consider doing something in order to keep their brain working and healthy in all areas. As a tutor, the most common problem I see is the retention of tools and software from class to class and even semester to semester. If students spend a few hours a week working in outside activities, even puzzles or taking a walk, we all could improve the power of our brain and even our grades. Students might consider joining a group such as a dance team, a musical, or even a sports team to help improve their memory and work different areas of their brain. Consider the options, even if it means you’re doing puzzles on T.
Being well-rounded and training your brain in more than one area can help you out in more ways than you think. Growth doesn’t happen by just focusing on one area of your life; it happens when you expand your horizons and develop your knowledge of the world around you.
-Mariah Couture, Tutor