The Best Extracurricular Activities
Your extracurricular activities should be focused on the things you
are passionate about and have been involved with for years (the longer
the involvement with your favorite activities, the better). Colleges
don’t really care what your activities are, just as long as there
is in-depth, long-term involvement.
Because college admission
officers prefer students with long-term commitment to their activities,
they look for students who work their way up into leadership roles. If
you are involved in an activity you are passionate about for years,
the expected progression is to go from simple participation to leadership. Being
a leader is very appealing to admission officers because colleges need
leaders in every field of interest. A partial list of extracurricular
activities is provided.
College admissions officers try to build college communities
with students who have varied interests. Nothing would be more
boring than to have a campus filled with students who earned 4.6 GPA’s
and have perfect SAT scores, whose only interest in college is to study
100% of the time.
Colleges want a student body filled with variety
and diversity to make their campus come alive with interest and excitement. Therefore,
clearly demonstrate your passionate involvement in activities on your
college and university applications. The schools you are applying
to just may be looking for a student with your special interests.