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How important are extracurricular activities in the college admissions process?

Hey everyone! I'm currently a junior in high school, and I've been thinking a lot about college applications. I have a pretty solid GPA and test scores, but I'm worried that my extracurriculars might not be strong enough. How much do colleges really care about extracurricular activities? Any advice would be appreciated!

8 months ago

Hello! It's great to see that you're already thinking about college applications. From my experience with my own child's application process, I can tell you that extracurricular activities do play a significant role in the admissions process. Colleges are looking for well-rounded students who can contribute to their campus community in various ways, not just academically. Having diverse interests and passions can only help you stand out among other applicants.

That being said, it's not just about having a long list of extracurriculars – quality matters more than quantity. Admissions officers would be more impressed with a few activities that show your dedication, leadership, and impact, rather than many activities with minimal involvement. So, if you're worried about your extracurriculars, try focusing on a few activities that you're truly passionate about and see if you can take on additional responsibilities or make a significant contribution in those areas.

Remember, it's never too late to get involved or try something new. Good luck, and I hope this helps!

8 months ago

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