Engage your brain. Pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone pushes you to become a better person. Meet people you wouldn’t otherwise meet. Question and challenge yourself. Cultivate a new skill. Sign up and show up. Take a break from what you “do” and try something new. Be who you are, not what you do. Here are six possibilities for hobbies that we think will turn on your brain—and maybe even your career.
1. Music & Dance Not only can listening to music and dancing reduce your stress levels, but they increase your levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in your brain that is linked to feelings of well-being. Love pop? Try classical. Have you always admired hip-hop? Join an on-campus group. Tap dancing? Tappity-tap away. Want to play the kazoo? Do it. You’ll meet people who have the talent and skill that you admire—and you’ll also meet people who are open-minded and willing to try new things. Just like you.
2. Photography Slow down and de-stress by capturing a moment in time. Just one. Focus on it. Capture dew drops on a blade of grass. An icicle that formed overnight. A child’s smile. A honeybee on a sunflower. Photography reduces your stress level and encourages you to focus, visually, on something other than you do all the time. Who knows? It could even lead to a career decision. Consider Dr. Pauley Chea. When he was a med student at the University of Connecticut, he thought he wanted to study emergency medicine. He also loved photography. Guess what he does now? He’s a radiologist. Translate your passion into your career.
3. Coding Like learning new languages? Reading music? Love math? Consider taking up coding as a hobby. For starters, think about using codeacademy, a free interactive website that teaches coding to coding novices—those who might want to try it, but are a bit unsure. Having coding as a hobby has a myriad of benefits, perhaps the most obvious being your ability to handcraft your own website. Thinking about starting your own business? Just looking to have a better understanding of how technology shapes your world? Try coding and transfer your love of languages and math into code—and a potential career.
4. Meditation Unplug. In Richard Davidson’s The Mind’s Own Physician, he chronicles a study of meditation with the Dalai Lama. His findings? When the Dalai Lama and other monks were directed to meditate and focus specifically on compassion, their brain waves reflected a “deeply compassionate” state of mind. Can we train our brains to feel what we want to feel whenever we want to feel it? Want to feel powerful right before trying out for a play? Want to feel more confident in an interview? Want to feel less stressed out all the time? Try meditation. “Ommmm.”
5. Learning a New Language ¡Hola! Bonjour. Heia. Bongiorno. Guten tag. Ni hao. Dobroe utro. Boost your brainpower. Improve your memory. Make better decisions. Multi-task effectively. Not only will you learn a new language, you’ll be learning with other people in the same boat as you—adventurous. Like to travel? It’s always good to know at least a few additional words or phrases when you say “hello” and “thank you.” Planning on working for an international company? Plan on speaking at least one other language.
Finding a hobby not only will make you a better student, it will make you a better person. Find the time to do something new—and you might just find a new passion.
This BBA programme enable post secondary school applicants, (applicants graduated from O-Level) with five (5) credits to apply directly into the Degree (BBA) programme, without the need of going through foundation or Diploma programme.
Mantissa College’s BBA program boasts a dynamic global network of more than 80,000 alumni. One recent alumnus, Ms Cathy, says, “I took the 3-years Bachelor of Business Administration course righ after my SPM (O-Level) without needed to go through Foundation or Diploma programme. The syllabus teaches me on the basics elements needed in the business field. The programme also enable me to learn from real people with real problems. Thanks to the diverse and up-to-date programme syllabus, I am now capable of taking up more projects because I had been exposed to a wider perspective on handling matters from my learning experience.”
Certainly, evidence attests to the tremendous value of the BBA Programme. Between its focus on this learning style and many other desirable attributes, Mantissa College’s Bachelor of Business Administration offers an invaluable inside edge for aspiring business leaders