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How much do extracurriculars matter in the admissions process?

Hi everyone! I'm a bit stressed about my extracurriculars. I have a few activities I'm passionate about, but I'm not sure if they're impressive enough or if I should try to participate in more. How much weight do colleges put on extracurriculars, and what kind of activities are they looking for?

9 months ago

Hey there! I understand your concerns about extracurriculars; I went through the same thing with my child not too long ago. From what I've learned, extracurriculars do matter in the admissions process, but they're not the be-all and end-all. Colleges want to see that you're involved in your community and have interests outside of academics. They're looking for a well-rounded individual who can contribute to their campus in various ways.

It's great that you have activities you're passionate about! Colleges appreciate genuine involvement in something you're interested in rather than a long list of activities that you've just joined for the sake of having them on your application. Depth of involvement and leadership roles can often be more important than the number of activities you participate in.

As for what kind of activities colleges are looking for, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. They value a diverse student body with various interests. So, focus on what you love and try to make an impact in those areas. Don't worry too much about impressing colleges with a long list of extracurriculars; instead, focus on demonstrating your passion, commitment, and growth in the activities you're involved in. Best of luck!

9 months ago

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