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 We know you want to impress colleges with your accomplishments in the classroom, but your academics are not the full picture to who you really are. Especially now when there have been more challenges due to COVID. They want to see your creativity and expertise side.

Yes, colleges want bright students. But even more, they want bright, well–rounded students. That is where your extracurricular activities come in.

Grades and test scores are very important, but so are the extra activities you choose to do on your own time. Admissions officers are looking to create a class made up of students with diverse interests and backgrounds. They will look closely at your extracurriculars to get a sense of the person you are and what you care about.

How much you do is not as important as being committed to what you do
A college application with scattered interest and involvement over four years looks flakey. A student that runs track and sings in the choir throughout four years of high school shows passion and commitment. Find out early on what sparks your interest and stick with it.

Demonstrate leadership
If you have the opportunity and drive to be the captain the tennis team, president of the French club, or editor of the school lit mag, seize the opportunity. Colleges like responsible leaders who earn the respect of their peers.

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  • An internship or after–school job shows maturity

An after-school job or internship can be a good option as one of your extracurricular activities. Taking responsibility of a project in the family business, or simply participating in the office meetings and discussions, especially when you rise to a position of responsibility shows your maturity and passions to learn. It also demonstrates your character being reliable.

If you have a career goal or study interest that you can pursue outside the classroom, take advantage. Think you might be interested in medicine? Try volunteering at a local hospital. Are you destined to be a writer? Join your school’s newspaper or yearbook. These activities can help give you a strong foundation should you decide to pursue them further, academically, or professionally.

  • Extracurriculars can be valuable experience

Golf? Soccer? Swimming? Gardening? All are valuable experiences! Being a captain in your soccer team shows leaderships. Growing your garden shows your patience and persistence. Swimming shows that you care for your personal wellbeing. All activities are as meaningful as your time spent in your bedroom practicing drill exercise for your SAT exam!  Go out and have fun, show them that you are a student who is well rounded, and knows how to manage your time to be well spent.

Some colleges and scholarship committees may ask you to include a high school resume with your application materials. Ask help from your school counselors for their input. Ask them all things that stands out in your teachers’ perspectives! You may be surprised to learn things that you may not even realize!

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