I recently wrote a post on Budgeting the Fun Stuff on Financial Aid and it got me thinking about my children and their upcoming college experience. Because we’re a dual income family, it’s unlikely my children will qualify for financial aid. As a result, I plan on helping my kids with many of their college expenses.
This makes me wonder if I will be doing them a dis-service by not enrolling them in the School of Hard Knocks. I personally learned an insane amount from going to that school.
Since I’ve had college on the brain, it’s come up a couple of times in conversation recently. Last night I was having dinner with a fellow alumnus from my school and we got to reminiscing about our college days. He was the president of his fraternity and we were laughing about some of the antics his frat used to pull. He also told me he learned more in the year that he was president than he had his other 3 put together. I have another friend who was an RA and also was captain of her Basketball and Track Teams. She is wildly successful now.
I also learned from my boss last week (who also worked his way through school), that when he interviews a new grad, he has a lot of respect for people who have played division 1 and 2 sports. He knows how demanding the schedules can be. The level of commitment needed to survive and graduate shows a toughness of character that is admirable.
It made me feel a lot better. Although I know my fair share of people who coasted through school that didn’t care, I also know many folks who learned some pretty important skills while doing extra curricular activities.
Some of the Skills Learned from Hobbies were:
- Time Management
- Conflict Resolution
- Money Management
- Influencing Skills
So in summary, I’m glad there is more than one right way to teach your kids how to be productive members of society. Some ways are easier than others.
What other life lessons have people learned from non-work activities or hobbies?