A few advantages of creating a blog while a high school student
What if I told you that there was an activity you could do in your free time that would not only help you with college admissions, communication skills, and learning, but also figuring out what you want to do with your life? Oh, and did I mention that it’s also pretty fun?
Hopefully by reading the title of this article, you realize that the activity I’m talking about is blogging. More specifically, I’m talking about “blogging” as in any form of article or publication (newspapers, magazines, wordpress etc.)
I know, blogging sounds so weird if you think about how anyone could potentially read what you’re writing, but the fact of the matter is that most likely, nobody will care. In fact, it’s people’s jobs to get others to care to read their work. In the space that is the internet, you have the potential to reach as few or as many people as you want. What follows are my reasoning for why as a high school student, you should try your quill at some form of blogging.
1.) Practice for College Admissions
Personally going through the admissions process for several schools, I can tell you that you’ll most likely be writing at least one or two essays for each school you apply to. Now, that might not seem like a lot, but you’ll also be going to class and having to do homework at the same time. So, the less time you have to spend, the better.
By creating a blog, no matter what the topic, you’ll practice writing. And eventually, writing a couple hundred words will feel easy. Practice with blogging not only increases the rate at which you write, but also improves the quality of your writing. Just by developing and communicating thoughts on paper regularly, you’re improving that ability overall.
2.) Develop Communication Skills
Regular writing not only helps you with writing essays, it also translates to thought processes. Through developing concepts and fully communicating them, you’ll be able to do the same in other situations. Although you’ve just written an essay about your guava bush, you’ve practiced thought development for when you’re being interviewed by a potential college recruiter. As James Humes, a presidential speechwriter once said, “the art of communication is the language of leadership.”
3.) Learn about Yourself
By forming opinions, you not only write cool and interesting content, but also develop your ideals. When you think about writing on a topic you learn not only about that topic, but how you feel about that topic. For example, in writing this article, I’ve learned that I really should have blogged in high school and how now I highly value communication. Therein, developing opinions helps you find out who you are. And in doing so, you get to learn and express things you find interesting. Also, there’s the added bonus of developing new interests and expanding your outlook on life.
4.) Learn, Learn, Learn
Another part of not only college admissions, but also life, is knowing things. The more topics you’re knowledgeable about, the higher the number of people you can relate to. Whether you’ve written an article about how your prized Springer Spaniel puppy has become a champion show dog, or how you went backpacking in Europe, it doesn’t matter. (I’ve done both by the way.) One day you might find that the person you’re trying to sell a million dollar contract to is also an avid dog handler. The key takeaway is that learning about cool things, no matter how random, can actually help you out in the long run.