At young ages, children may display passion for areas ranging from art to sports to writing. It is the wise parent who recognizes such passions and talent and encourages her child to pursue them in every way possible. Hopefully, this will reinforce the child’s interests and foster important skills such as analytical thinking and valuable characteristics like perseverance. Additionally, the cultivation of a unique area of expertise may help a child to feel special and subsequently raise self-esteem as well as enhance relationships with peers who have similar interests. Ultimately, it is these fine-tuned longstanding talents that may receive recognition at local to national levels and may significantly increase the probability of acceptance to a top university.
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