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Post by coopsadoodles » April 5th, 2019, 7:08 pm

i do dance five days a week and chamber orchestra in addition to scio and honestly, its a lot to manage. i have to sacrifice my social life and free time to keep everything going along with getting good grades.
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Post by BrownieInMotion » April 5th, 2019, 9:41 pm

I'm a senior in high school now, but I swim competitively and we practice six days a week. I also play quizbowl and Science Bowl, and I'm on our student council. I spend some time on biology olympiad, chem olympiad, and programming competitions throughout the year, and I did biology research for the past two summers. I've been doing most of these things for several years, and I balance it by being mediocre at all of them. :^)

In general, I would say just try to develop a love for all the activities you do. When you really love doing something you make the time for it without needing to force yourself to. Conversely, if there are activities you do that you've given a chance but just don't enjoy as much, I would honestly consider dropping them. As an example, during my freshman year, I was on speech and debate but ended up quitting after six months, not because I hated it, but because I liked scioly so much more and I didn't want to divert time away from something I cared a lot more about. I quit doing competition math and physics olympiad in sophomore year for similar reasons (also I sucked at them, but that is unrelated ;P).

Oh, by the way, you should definitely try to work out some kind of arrangement so that you aren't missing every scioly practice for other stuff haha. If that's not possible, let your partners and coach know what's going in your life and your schedule. In my experience, people are generally pretty understanding, as long as you communicate with them regularly and keep them posted. I know things are stressful, and I wish I knew how to make it go away, but I think if you really care, sometimes you just gotta stick it out. Best of luck~<3
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Post by CPScienceDude » April 9th, 2019, 12:44 pm

I do Academic Superbowl, SO (obviously) I play the cello, and I play soccer. I'm also doing a county math competition soon.
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Post by MoMoney$$$;)0) » April 9th, 2019, 3:49 pm

Well, I participated in Science Olympiad, Our Robotics Team, Cross Country, Student Council Secretary, Boy Scouts, Math Competitions, etc. To be honest Cross and Country, Science Olympiad, and Robotics are the most time consuming but are in the end the most paying off. Science Olympiad probably helps you the most at the end of a science career, if you pursue it.
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Post by TheCrazyChemist » April 9th, 2019, 6:28 pm

I like to do buzzer competitions, so I do a lot of them. I do Science Bowl, History Bee (JV and Middle School), Academic Bee, Science Bee,
and Geography Olympiad. I also play the violin. And I do Science Olympiad too.

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Post by SHASO2018 » April 9th, 2019, 6:43 pm

TheCrazyChemist wrote:I like to do buzzer competitions, so I do a lot of them. I do Science Bowl, History Bee (JV and Middle School), Academic Bee, Science Bee,
and Geography Olympiad. I also play the violin. And I do Science Olympiad too.
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Post by TheCrazyChemist » April 10th, 2019, 6:17 am

SHASO2018 wrote:
TheCrazyChemist wrote:I like to do buzzer competitions, so I do a lot of them. I do Science Bowl, History Bee (JV and Middle School), Academic Bee, Science Bee,
and Geography Olympiad. I also play the violin. And I do Science Olympiad too.
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Post by Anomaly » April 10th, 2019, 6:49 am

hmmmm i've severely cut down on all my activities, so the only things I do are orchestra (including honors orch), FBLA, science fair, did some scholastic scrimmage in the beginning of the year, math league (for the memesssss), spanish club (sorta), red cross club (ehhh not so much anymore).
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Post by primitivepolonium » April 10th, 2019, 7:53 am

My main ECs were Chemistry Olympiad and Science Olympiad (swapped out for Science Bowl in senior year). I also did art, but that was a fairly small commitment. In freshman year I was very gungho NJROTC but I didn't get any leadership positions and generally didn't vibe with some of the people so I quit after sophomore year. I tried doing robotics among other things, but nothing else really interested me very much at all.

You can definitely balance Science Olympiad with other things, especially if your school culture doesn't have a lot of clubs which forbid dual participation in SciOly (eg: at my school, you generally can't do robotics and SciOly). A lot of SciOly people did FBLA and went to Nats for that. A good chunk of us went hardcore in other Olympiads as well. Yet others did newspaper and yearbook, though they were basically told to quit SciOly if they wanted to be chief for either of those ECs.

It gets even easier if your events have overlap with other things. For instance, I did Chem Lab, and I never studied directly for it because everything was covered in ChemOly prep. I can also see overlap with BiOly and bio events, or DP Oceanography and Ocean Bowl.
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Re: Extracurricular Thread

Post by NeBH » April 11th, 2019, 5:47 pm

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