What kinds of activities help me get into college?

Extracurricular activities are the activities you do outside of regular schoolwork. Schools offer many of these activities, like band, chorus, athletics, theater, student newspapers and yearbook, student council and a variety of clubs. But your extracurricular activities don’t have to be school sponsored. You can get involved by volunteering your time in your community — through community centers, nonprofits,or local youth organizations.

Students who are involved in extracurricular activities learn how to prioritize their time, meet friends and get to enjoy activities they like. And that will help you stand out on your college application. Employers and colleges like to see you’re a well-rounded student who can balance schoolwork with other responsibilities.

Choosing an Activity
  • Think about your interests and skills, or causes important to you. Do things you’ll enjoy.
  • Consider what you want to do in your career. Extracurricular activities are a great way to see what a career is like.
  • If you aren’t sure how to get involved, ask your parents, school counselors or mentor for help.

You should also check your local colleges and community organizations for summer camp opportunities.

What steps should you take?

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