Sports or Clubs? Which stands out more on college applications?
I'm a junior currently and I'm involved in many clubs and extracurriculars. I have lots of leadership roles as well and overall, I'm super involved in my school. I did wrestling my freshman year but over quarantine I fell out of it. I joined a local girls wrestling team this year to try and get back into it but thus far the girls wrestling team has been kind of lame. Not many girls are showing up and they haven't been having as many practices. I've been thinking about dropping it but I'm unsure because I feel that it will look good on my college application. Should I continue with it? or drop it and pursue other physical activities like I was thinking about doing a free yoga class at the YMCA instead. How much would this hurt me on college admissions?
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Just to qualify, I am answering this question based on much research I have done on what to add to my extracurriculars as I have not yet applied. From my research if you have a strong club (nationally known like National Honor Society or Educators Rising) it is better than a sport where you have not excelled, gotten awards, etc. Also clubs are better if you've held leadership positions. Sports take a lot of time and unless you are going after a athletic scholarship they are not as important as they used to be. If you do not have a lot of other things to put on your ECs and have done the same sport over a course of years then I would put it. A really good resource is YouTube. Put "how I got into (your dream college)" in the search bar and you will get several students outlining their application process and they always go over what ECs worked and what did not. College Vine has a comprehensive list of every EC possible already put into the proper categories if you need ideas. You are already probably doing things that count and don't even know it. Good luck!
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