Becoming an Expert

Chloe Morrill, Managing Editor

Are essays weighing you down? You can fix how hard those are by becoming an expert in writing essays. Do you want to be on a sports team but didn’t make it in? You can fix that, too, by becoming an expert in that sport.
Becoming an expert is simple on paper and not so simple in practice, but it is possible.
According to Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers: The Story of Success, it takes 10,000 hours to master something. That time spent has to be in hard practice and it takes roughly ten years of practice.

The A Capella Choir has had to work hard to master their music for their upcoming performance at the Western Division ACDA.

You may be stressed now. Don’t worry. As teenagers, there is practically no way that we can be experts. We can be really, really good at something, but our interests jump from thing to thing.
However, if you’re still stressed about essay-writing or getting on a sports team or in the drama productions next year, here’s some advice.
You need to practice. There is no “maybe I should practice,” no “I can do it later.” The minute you feel like you need to practice, you’re bored, or you have time to practice, do it. Use your summer and your breaks to work harder, but don’t overexert yourself. Pace yourself, set goals and tell your family and friends about your goals so they can support you where necessary.
Good luck (or break a leg) with becoming an expert.