3 years ago
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What are some impressive extracurriculars?

Extracurriculars are a core part of my common app for Harvard and some other Ivy League schools that I'm hoping to get into but so far I've only found 4 extracurriculars that I'm involved in and I need suggestions.


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3 years ago[edited]

Hello, Jedidah. Below are impressive extracurricular activities that will look good on your college applications:

1. Student Government

It’s a terrific way to participate in school matters, to show you’re both capable and responsible.

2. Academic Teams and Clubs

Joining an academic club or team shows that you’re passionate about learning and gaining a competitive advantage.

3. The Debate Team

Students on the debate team are more likely to be engaged in the issues of today, able to think critically on their feet, and are not afraid to speak out – all qualities that colleges look for in prospective students.

4. The Arts

Creativity is always an asset when it comes to college applications.

5. Internships

Obtaining an internship while in high school is impressive any way you slice it.

6. Culture Clubs

With all of the focus on anti-bullying campaigns and acceptance of others, colleges value students active in promoting diversity and culture now more than ever before.

7. Volunteer Work and Community Service

Most colleges consider some form of volunteer work or community service a must-have for all applicants.

8. The Student Newspaper

Whether it’s the student newspaper or another form, being published in any form is an impressive accomplishment.

9. A Part-time Job

If you’re concerned about your lack of extracurricular activities because of your part-time job, don’t be.

10. Athletics

Participating in sports is a great way to showcase your teamwork, leadership skills, and emphasis on athletics and physical fitness.

Best regards,

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