Extracurricular Activities For College Preparation
Preparing yourself for college is more than just getting good grades and scoring well on your standardized tests. It’s also about being able to demonstrate your growth as a person and showcasing your dedication to something you are passionate about. Extracurricular activities are a great way to do this and it’s something admissions officers will be paying close attention to come college application time.
Extracurricular activities are an important part of college preparation because they allow college admissions officers to see that you have a personality, a passion, and that’s something we think is very important at Parent 2 Parent College Network.
Colleges and thus their admissions officers are looking for unique and well-rounded students who will contribute to their school’s student body. One of the benefits of extracurricular activities on your college-bound resume is that these activities will help you stand out when admissions officers review your application.
Colleges and universities across the nation get tons of applications every year and most will have a great academic background. You want to grab their attention as an individual and there are many activities that can allow you the opportunity to do just that…stand out to the admissions staff.
Playing school sports, for example, requires a student’s dedication and hard work…two characteristics that college admissions officers look for in an applicant.
Or perhaps sports aren’t your thing. Participating in music and the arts – such as band, choir or drama – showcases the same characteristics and reinforces your commitment to something that you’re passionate about.
Community service is another good choice for extracurricular activity because it demonstrates that you are a caring and responsible individual. Many high schools, cities as well as local and national clubs offer volunteer opportunities for students.
The important thing to remember is not to become overwhelmed with too many extracurricular activities. It’s much better to dedicate your time and passion to a few activities than to pile them on with the hopes of impressing the college rep. Admissions officers are smarter than you think and they won’t be fooled by a last minute roster of activities you’ve joined simply to “wow” them.
Whatever it is you choose, make sure it’s a reflection of who you are – what you are passionate it about – and you can’t go wrong. The point is to do something that interests you, and to dedicate your time and energy to it.
Like the saying goes, if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life!