Does this timetable look uncannily similar to your child\u2019s timetable? Diverse activities packed across all day? In today\u2019s day and age, there are so many activities to choose from and there is so much pressure on both parents and students to do more and more!\u00a0 As a parent, you give in to the pressure, because all you want for your child is career success. You do not want to leave any stone unturned and end up pushing your child to participate in any and every extracurricular activity. Too Many Extra Extracurricular Activities Can Be A Waste\u00a0 The number of extracurricular activities in your child\u2019s schedule is NOT DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL to his\/her college admission chances. Here are 3 reasons why too many extracurricular activities are not going to help your child in securing an admission in a top college:\u00a0 1. An All-Round Personality Is A Myth: When Grade 12\u00a0marks started soaring, parents realised that marks are not going to be enough to get into TOP colleges with acceptance rates less than 10%. Then, the race to join their child in every possible extracurricular activity to develop an \u2018all-round personality\u2019 began.\u00a0 This worked a couple of years, but what ended up happening is that every profile that a college received looked the same! It was a mix of standard extracurricular activities and great academic scores.\u00a0 Colleges moved away from the all-round personality concept to find candidates who are truly passionate about the subject they are applying for. If you want to apply the all-round personality concept for your child today, it is like rolling dice for their college admission. Being well-rounded is one of the most overrated things that a student can be. Every university is looking for a dynamic incoming class. We are not necessarily looking for all well-rounded students. - Grace Kim former admissions officer for Stanford University 2. Be A Specialist, Not A Generalist: A year of Cello, six months of blogging, a few classes of French and on & off dance classes. If your child\u2019s profile showcases four extracurricular activities like this, college admissions officers don\u2019t look at it as four activities. They look at it as someone\u2019s profile who doesn\u2019t have clarity on what he\/she wants to do. TOP colleges today are not looking for students who have tried everything but haven\u2019t excelled at anything. They don\u2019t pay attention to the number of activities your child participated in, but how well he\/she followed through. How many hours did he or she spend on it? What was the consistency like? \u201cJack of all trades, master of none,\u201d is something that does not work when your child applies to top colleges.\u00a0 If your child says he\/she is passionate about something, that needs to come through in the extracurricular activities. Watch the video to understand what we are saying better. https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v6NROjyTccMU 3. You Might Just Tip Your Child Off Balance: As parents, sometimes you might have unconsciously pushed your child to participate in a plethora of extracurricular activities just to increase their chances of college admission success. You might boast to your friends about how your child participates in everything, right in front of him\/her. This takes a toll on your child. They will end up feeling like they are doing too much or they are not doing enough. This could result in sleeplessness, anxiety, bad performance in academics etc.\u00a0So, as a parent it is important for you to make sure that you don\u2019t push your child to a tipping point.\u00a0 Dr. Shimi Kang, a Vancouver-based psychiatrist and creator of Dolphin Kids, a children\u2019s achievement program says, \u201cStart by making sure your children\u2019s day includes enough time for the essentials.\u201d\u00a0 40% kids are sleep-deprived because they are too busy and that is unacceptable, Kang reiterates. Spending too much time, energy and most importantly money can go in vain, if you don\u2019t have a plan in place. You are losing out on precious time and opportunity for your children by just doing \u2018what everyone is doing.\u2019 What if we tell you that: \tYou can reduce the number of extracurricular activities your child is pursuing \tSpend the same amount of money you are already spending or even reduce it a bit & double the chances of your child\u2019s admissions \tMost importantly, maintain a great balance between school, activities and play for your child It is all possible with Super-Curricular Activities! What Are Super-Curricular Activities? Super-Curricular Activities are essentially extracurricular activities with a PURPOSE. The purpose here is to gain admission for your child in a TOP college. These activities help your child deeply explore and understand a field or career before deciding to pursue it in college. Having Super-Curricular Activities in your child\u2019s profile demonstrates a deep-interest to admission officers. Your child can easily demonstrate this evidence of passion with super-curricular activities.\u00a0 What Makes An Extracurricular Activity A Super-Curricular Activity? There are a few parameters for a parent to identify a super-curricular activity, which will increase their child\u2019s chances of admission considerably. - Alignment To Your Child\u2019s Dream College: When an extracurricular activity is aligned with what your child\u2019s dream college looks for in an applying candidate, then it becomes a super-curricular activity.\u00a0 Example: If your child wants to apply for Ashoka University, which looks for leadership qualities in a student, then any activity that showcases leadership qualities becomes a super-curricular activity.\u00a0 If your child started a non-profit for child rights or volunteered in the community for many years, then it becomes a super-curricular activity to gain admission in Ashoka University.\u00a0\u00a0 - Consistency & Commitment: TOP colleges often thoroughly check the number of hours a student spent on a certain activity. This according to them determines their passion, commitment and discipline. Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness - Malcolm Gladwell TOP Colleges look at a student\u2019s profile from Grade 9 onwards to check for consistency & commitment Example: So, if your child wants to pursue music in The Juilliard School, then his\/her profile should showcase proof of passion in music from early years consistently. That proof of passion with consistency from early years will make it a super-curricular activity. - Accolades, Expertise & Innovation: Top colleges aren\u2019t not convinced with a candidate who tries their hand at something and moves on and keep repeating the cycle. They want students who showcase excellence in the extracurricular activity they are pursuing to make it a super-curricular activity. "The competition to stand out and make an impact is going to be much stiffer, and so if they're going to do a popular activity, I'd say, be the best at it," says Sara Harberson, a former undergraduate admissions dean at both Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Pennsylvania who is now a college admissions consultant. Source: https:\/\/www.usnews.com\/ TOP Global Colleges That Focus On Super-Curricular Activities These are just some of the top colleges around the world which look for demonstrated and deep interest through super-curricular activities in the subject a student is applying for. Super-Student With Super-Curricular Activities - 1 Student Name: Kaveri N Joining College: MIT Joining Course: Computer Science Super-Curricular Activities:\u00a0Kaveri decided that her goal is to study Computer Science at MIT very early on. She took her interest in computers and converted them into super-curricular activities. She demonstrated a deep interest in the subject she is applying for. Kaveri analysed government education data sets of Indian students to study the correlation of social factors on academic performance. MIT looks for students with a collaborative spirit. To showcase that and to dive even deeper into computer science she was a RISE intern at Boston University. She undertook a Comprehensive 6 weeks program to explore research across disciplines in Science and Engineering under expert guidance.\u00a0Another quality that MIT looks for in students is innovation. She showcased that by developing a Machine Learning tool under her professor\u2019s guidance at Boston University which is in the process of being granted a patent.\u00a0 Super-Student With Super-Curricular Activities - 2 Student Name: Riya Joining College: NIFT Joining Course: Design Super-Curricular Activities:\u00a0Riya was inclined towards design & fashion since her childhood. Hence, it was almost a no brainer that her goal was to become a designer.\u00a0She wanted to showcase deep interest in the subject she was interested in and hence undertook a summer programme on \u2018Introduction to Textile & Fashion Design\u2019 at the University of Oxford. Her dream college NIFT takes a keen interest in students with work experience. Knowing this, she interned at Vogue India.NIFT also values students who give back to the community. She combined her love for children with a social cause and volunteered at CRY - a leading child rights organisation.\u00a0 The Process Of Choosing A Super-Curricular Activity 1. Goal Setting: Setting a career goal and deciding the course, country, and college is the first step in the process of choosing a super-curricular activity.\u00a0 2. Make A List Of Interest: Once you and your child decide on the career goal, make a list of extracurricular activities your child is interested in. 3. Mapping Of Activities With The Dream College & Course: Once you have the list of your child\u2019s interests, you need to map it to the attributes that his\/her dream college looks for in a candidate. Based on that and the subject chosen, you can decide on the activities.\u00a0 These activities go on to become super-curricular activities! Three simple steps and your child\u2019s super-curricular activities are ready. But, these three simple steps require a lot of expertise and experience. To convert extracurricular activities into super-curricular activities one needs to understand college admission trends, map it with your child\u2019s interest, and prepare a perfect and personalised roadmap. We can provide your child with just that with ProMap - short for profile mapping.\u00a0 ProMap is an algorithm which helps your child build a profile filled with super-curricular activities. ProMap is created by eminent counsellors from all around the country and Univariety together.\u00a0 It helps your child crystallise his\/her goal at an early age. Then we sift more than 500 curated programs from around the world to create a personalised roadmap filled with super-curricular activities. Tell Me More About ProMap Conclusion - Start Your Child\u2019s Super-Curricular Activity Now As an admissions evaluator at Brown, we really had to keep up a rigorous reading pace with the regular decision applicant pool. We were expected to read five applications per hour, which equates to 12 minutes per application. In those 12 minutes, I reviewed the application, standardised test scores, the transcript, the personal statement, and multiple supplemental essays \u2014 all while taking notes and making a decision on the admissibility of the applicant. - Erica Curtis, former admissions evaluator at Brown University Top colleges around the world do not give more than 15 minutes to review each student\u2019s application. This meant and\u00a0out from the rest of the competition. What are you going to do differently to help your child secure admission in his\/her dream college?