The importance of extracurriculars
Extracurricular activities aren’t just a way for you to pursue your hobbies – they can also show prospective colleges what makes you a stand out as an applicant. But with all the available options, it can be hard to know how to get involved or what you should focus on. Here are some things to keep in mind while you’re considering extracurriculars:
- Choose quality over quantity. Get involved in a few activities over a longer period of time rather than a lot of activities during your senior year. Try to find a couple of extracurriculars you really enjoy and focus as much time and energy as you can on them.
- Play to your strengths. It’s tempting to get involved in popular activities or in ones that you think will seem the most impressive to colleges. But if you stick to extracurriculars that show off your skills, you’ll not only be happier, you’ll be putting your best foot forward on college applications.
- Develop leadership skills. The good news is that, no matter what activity you’ve chosen, it’s possible to develop this important trait. Whether you’re playing a sport, acting in a play, volunteering, writing a blog, or enjoying multiplayer video games, you can be an example to others.
- Get involved in your community. Are you passionate about the environment? Interested in helping kids learn how to read? Extracurriculars don’t just have to be a hobby – if you volunteer at a local food depository or wash cars as a fundraiser for a charity you care about, you’re developing character and skills that will be invaluable as you begin college.