UAGC Students - Pursue Your Passions!

Brian Chippendale for the NYTimes

Brian Chippendale for the NYTimes

As we start this new semester, let's encourage one another to strive to be new - full of new ideas, new explorations, new perspectives on old interests, and trying new things each day.

Adam Grant, in this op-ed from the NYTimes, talks about the importance of allowing YOU, the students, to be original. Talking to parents (and, some would say, to teachers as well), he says:

If you want your children to bring original ideas into the world, you need to let them pursue their passions, not yours.
— Adam Grant, NYTimes

At UAGC, all students have the opportunity to pursue their passions. Genre practice, which is the bedrock of our curriculum, gives you the freedom to pursue your own intentions.

You choose the subjects you want to explore in reading.

You develop your own original ideas and purposes in writing.

You seek out unique genres to get your message across to your audience.

You become active voices in the world and speak for yourselves, not echoing the voices of others.

So this new semester, don't just go through the motions. Don't just record more breaches that you're not really interested in. Don't do one more Top 10 you don't really care about. Find your passion. Adam Grant continues,

What holds [people] back is that they don’t learn to be original. They strive to earn the approval of their parents and the admiration of their teachers. But as they perform in Carnegie Hall and become chess champions, something unexpected happens: Practice makes perfect, but it doesn’t make new.

So this semester, your teachers will push you to make something NEW. New explorations. Re-newed intentions.

We can't wait to see what you come up with.

Check out your Student Writing Gallery on the school website.

Email YOUR original contributions to

Go make something new!