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What extracurriculars should I get involved in to impress colleges?

Hey everyone, I'm kinda stressed about how to stand out in the college admissions process. I hear a lot about the importance of extracurriculars, but I'm not sure which ones would look the best on my application. Does anyone have suggestions on what types of activities I should join or what colleges actually like to see?

7 months ago

Hello there! I completely understand the pressure to distinguish your application. Remember, colleges appreciate authentic engagement over mere participation. It's best to choose activities that align with your interests and demonstrate commitment and growth.

Think about what excites you—do you have a passion for science, the arts, community service, or entrepreneurship? Involvement in those areas where you can show leadership, initiative, and impact will stand out.

For instance, if you love coding, consider joining or creating a coding club, participating in hackathons, or even developing your own app. This demonstrates both your skill in the area and the initiative to pursue your interests outside of schoolwork.

Colleges love to see activities that align with your prospective major or career interest, showcasing what's often referred to as a 'spike' in your application. However, it's not just about the activity itself but what you do with it—aim for leadership positions, substantial contributions, or recognition in your chosen endeavors.

Remember that the quality of your involvement and what you learn or achieve is more significant than the number of activities. Start with what you enjoy and look for ways to take on more responsibility or create new projects within that space. Good luck, and don't hesitate to talk to your school counselor for more personalized advice!

7 months ago

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