I had the most shocking conversation with a highly paid & very reputable college consultant. My son plays at the highest levels in NHBB (history bowl) and NAQT (quizbowl) competitions and holds national titles, and truly loves these (learning in depth about subjects of interest, being globally aware since current affairs are a big part of these competitions, team skills, etc). I was hoping to talk to a consultant to get some ideas around ways he could take up a research project in history / political sciences (since despite playing quizbowl, his passion is history and political sciences), and for him to shortlist some organizations to volunteer his time; those that are truly making an impact globally whether it’s in human rights or poverty etc (again to help my son get some ideas aligned with his passion in history, political sciences, public policy etc - all of which he has developed through years of playing history bee and bowl and quizbowl).
However, this highly reputed consultant (charges thousands of dollars and all clients have gone on to ivies) told me that these are just ‘recall’ awards (not perceived as having any scholarly depth…) and since we are in the ‘Asian’ demographic, we are perceived as ‘achievement machines’, and that my son should rather focus on getting his Eagle Scout instead. I was so shocked that I immediately created an acct on this site to get some advice.
All the kids that I have seen play history bee/bowl and quizbowl for a number off years have been phenomenally globally aware and put in 20+ hours a week…Do these tournaments have such a bad reputation that they aren’t associated with any ‘scholarly depth’ at all as I was told?
I haven’t replied back to the consultant since I don’t believe my son is a robot and I’m just supposed to have him pivot from these just because ivies supposedly look at these as ‘recall’ awards. Sure, my son has gifted recall, but he (and his team mates) read voraciously and are so much more passionate about the world and issues…none of which would’ve been possible without diligently working on these tournaments and enjoying the camaraderie of the NHBB and NAQT community. It was very disheartening to hear these tournaments dismissed so emphatically by this consultant.
Please reply back with your opinions. I would very much appreciate it!