I’ve recently attended a conference titled “The Future of Education: 2030 & beyond” in Nairobi, Kenya which I found extremely interesting. I took notes and pictures during the program, and I like to share them with you.

I was born, raised and educated in a country where education is all about “good grades” and “good university entry exam results” all the way from primary to university and it follows the same as you keep pursuing the higher education; be it graduate level or doctorate. Most countries and their education systems still take the academic success as the key component of “being successful” or being eligible to pursue higher education.

After I got into the professional life, I started realizing that “academics,” namely good grades, is a small part of a whole pie. Until I attended the conference mentioned above, what I knew was that academics and extra-curricular activities matter to achieve a career goal. But I still was wrong because there are more than that out there…Today, I will introduce to you a phenomenon which is held dear by the most prestigious universities (including Ivy league universities) and developed countries; the “FIVE FINGER BALANCE.”

  1. Academics
  2. Extra-curricular Activities
  3. Community Service
  4. Family
  5. Philosophy of life/Religion/Moral Compass

Students those who are planning to go to the top universities must consider covering each aspect of the list above. They should be building their portfolio/resume from the very early stages of secondary school and present their achievements when the time arrives to apply.


Note: I have come across with the news below about a student who recently accepted into Harvard University. In the story, he explains how he achieved to get there. I think it’s a great example of FIVE FINGER BALANCE.