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2 years ago
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How important is it to stick with extracurriculars?
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I’ve been a varsity cheerleader since freshman year, but I’ve grown to loathe it. Now as my senior year approaches, I’m thinking of finally retiring. How much would this potentially weaken my college applications for the upcoming year? I do have leadership positions and active involvement in more “impressive” extracurriculars, but I’m wondering how bad it looks to quit a sport.

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2 years ago

It does not look bad to discontinue a sport after 3 years. Colleges understand that students' interests and goals can change quite a bit over the course of high school, so any extracurricular that lasts longer than a year will be seen as a long-term commitment.

Your activities list should tell the story of how you decided to retire from cheerleading to dedicate more time to your more impressive extracurriculars. This development makes sense given that your extracurricular options expand as you move forward in high school. If anything, colleges will see it as natural for you to be involved with sports earlier in high school and ECs based more on intellectual pursuits as well as leadership later on. Hope this helps!

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