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How many clubs should I join freshman year for a solid college application?

Hey everyone! So I'm gonna be a freshman next year, and I'm already stressing about extracurriculars for college apps. How many clubs should I ideally join to make my application stand out? And should I focus on quantity, or try to aim for leadership positions over time? I’m into a couple different things like robotics and environmental science, but I don't want to spread myself too thin.

8 months ago

Hey there! It's fantastic that you're already thinking ahead about college applications as you enter high school. The thing about extracurriculars is that college admissions officers are usually more impressed by the quality of your involvement than by sheer quantity. Instead of joining as many clubs as possible, it would be beneficial for you to choose a few that genuinely interest you - like those related to robotics and environmental science, as you mentioned!

Getting involved in a couple of clubs where you can pursue real, substantive experiences will serve you far better in the long run, as it will show genuine passion and an ability to commit, both of which are attributes that speak well of your readiness to take advantage of the opportunities that will be available to you in college. Similarly, leadership positions will show initiative and a sense of responsibility.

Do keep in mind that you have all of high school ahead of you, and it's totally normal to try some things freshman year that you don't end up continuing. This year, it's okay, and actually advantageous, to explore, so that you can figure out what you truly like, and then start committing to those things more seriously in the years to come. So, don't feel like you have to become the president of every single club you check out.

Overall, pursue what you love, contribute meaningfully to those things, and accolades and leadership roles will naturally follow, which will enhance your college application when your senior year rolls around. Best of luck finding your passions!

8 months ago

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