Magazine article Newsweek

Bring It On: Were the Years of Flute, Piano, Violin, Dance, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer and Even Astronomy Worth All the Hassles? Yes, Says This High-School Senior

Magazine article Newsweek

Bring It On: Were the Years of Flute, Piano, Violin, Dance, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer and Even Astronomy Worth All the Hassles? Yes, Says This High-School Senior

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When I was 4, my parents signed me up for Saturday-morning enrichment classes at Northwestern University. I took astronomy, poetry, literature and philosophy. Sometimes I was frustrated, because I felt my parents were making me do something that cut into my time with my friends. I was taking advanced subjects, but I was still just a kid. I felt bad when I said no to Friday-night sleepovers because I had to wake up at 7:30 the next morning. But I also remember coming home in eighth grade and feeling so happy about my philosophy class. My parents looked at me and said, "You're glowing." That's when I realized how much I'd gained from the investment they'd made in my future. It was worth it.

I know kids who just watch TV every day. That's OK for them, but it's not enough for me. I like being busy and involved. When I was younger, I took piano, flute, dance and violin. I also played soccer, basketball and tennis. And I had Hebrew school and the Saturday classes at Northwestern. Now, at 17, I still have a very full week, which includes being president of the Model U.N. at my school and tutoring special-needs children.

My parents' involvement made all this possible for me. I especially remember the driving. Until I got my license, my mother was always chauffeuring me everywhere. Her schedule became even busier as my brother and sister--Matt, 15, and Melissa, 11--got older and involved in activities of their own. I know my mother was happy that her kids were doing things they loved to do, but I did feel guilty when I saw the amount of time she spent in the car. …

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