By Laryssa Horodysky - Kent Place School
Its 2:35PM and you’re staring at the blank google doc which will hopefully, someday, turn into your English essay. You sigh regretfully at your lack of motivation and look around, hoping to find someone who shares your pain. However, the hallway is deserted. You remember that all of your friends are procrastinating in another, more productive, way: extracurriculars. So, how can you get involved?
Join a Club or Chapter
If you’re a freshman, clubs and chapters are fantastic ways to meet new people who have common interests. You get to try and learn new things without it being a huge time commitment (like our NextGenVest chapter hint hint wink wink). Plus, there’s usually FOOD :)
Join a Sport
Why work out by yourself if you can work out with friends in a fun way? Sports are a perfect opportunity to stay in shape while being part of a team of upper and under class men. You don’t need to have any prior experience in the sport of your choosing and preseason is the perfect way to meet classmates before school even starts!
Audition for the School Play
Does your mother normally call you a drama queen? Because if so, this is the perfect place for you! The play is a wonderful opportunity to stretch your comfort zone and become closer with upperclassmen! On show night, you feel an exhilarating sense of accomplishment whether you act or you’re on the production crew (lights, stage management, dramaturgy, etc.).
Join a Publication
We have 5 publications at Kent Place: Ballast (school newspaper), Cargoes (yearbook), Windward (literary magazine), Dichos (language magazine), and Quantum (science journal). Each allows you to get a taste of what it’s like to create a publication around your topics of interest. With so many leadership roles, it’s a perfect place to voice your opinions while pursuing your passions (one of the five KPS pillars of leadership!).
Be a Part of Our Arts Department
At Kent Place we have: Orchestra, Chorale, Kent Place Singers (auditioned choir for Freshman and Sophomores), Chamber Singers (auditioned choir for Juniors and Seniors), Chamber Orchestra (auditioned orchestra), Dance Ensemble, and Chamber Dancers (higher dance team). Whether you have been singing, dancing, or playing an instrument for years or if you simply want to try something new, there is a place for you. Skill is not required, just interest and passion!
Whatever it is that you choose to join, you won’t regret it. High school isn’t just about getting good grades; it’s about having new experiences and learning things that will help you in the future. What you learned in a NextGenVest meeting may help you make the right financial decisions in college. Playing on the volleyball team may help you remember that teamwork is essential both in a sport and in daily life. The play that you were granted a role in may help you become more confident in yourself and your abilities. Your work on Ballast may inspire you to become a reporter or journalist. The techniques that you learned in Chorale or Kent Place Singers may get you a spot in an a capella group in college. Never be afraid to try something new!
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