How important are extracurricular activities for college applications?

Hey collegevine! I've been participating in a few clubs and activities throughout high school, but I'm not sure if I've done enough. How much weight do colleges put on extracurriculars? Should I try to join more clubs or focus on the ones I'm already in? Thanks in advance!

3 months ago

Hey there! I think it's great that you're involved in clubs and activities in high school. From my experience with my child's college application process, I can tell you that extracurricular activities do play an important role in college admissions. They help colleges get a better sense of who you are as a person and what you're passionate about outside the classroom. That being said, it's not just about the quantity of activities, but also the quality and depth of your involvement. Colleges are looking for students who demonstrate commitment, leadership, and impact in their extracurriculars. So, rather than trying to join more clubs just for the sake of it, I'd recommend focusing on the ones you're already in and trying to make a meaningful impact in those organizations. Look for opportunities to take on leadership roles, initiate new projects, or make a positive difference in your community through your current clubs. Ultimately, it's better to have a few activities that you're deeply involved in and passionate about, instead of spreading yourself too thin across multiple clubs. Best of luck with your college applications, and remember to enjoy your high school journey!

3 months ago
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