By Jay KC, CollegeFindme Intern
We all know how colleges love applicants who do extracurricular activities, and in turn, students do them to impress colleges. That made us decide to create a guide of traditional extracurricular activities colleges look for in a student within the college application process.
Colleges love people that do sports. I know some of you guys might wonder “what is so appealing about running around a field or court?” Colleges look at sports as a place where students can nurture their leadership skills. In sports, leadership styles from being vocal to quietly setting the example are demonstrated and developed. The most exemplified aspect of sports in high school is responsibility. Colleges like students athletes who are capable of balancing their time between two things without affecting one another, especially two strenuous activities like school and sports.
After-school clubs and sports are 1A and 1B when it comes to what colleges look to in a student. Like sports, after-school clubs can develop both leadership skills and responsibilities in a similar way. Sometimes colleges prefer an after-school club because an after-school club is potentially educational: Model UN, JSA, Debate Team, Language Club, or any of the Performing Arts (Theater, Screenplay, or Music). These clubs can continue onward in college life, and colleges take pride in their out of school activities.
Colleges like students who volunteer because it shows that they care about their community. Colleges want their ideal student to reciprocate that same enthusiastic energy to their college, so they care if an applicant does community service. One simple way to do this is to go to a faculty hours for helping them with tasks during lunch, before school, or after school member in your high school and ask if you could get any volunteer hours. More likely than not, the teacher will be willing to have someone help them with tasks in exchange for a few volunteer hours.
Part Time Job
Colleges are always interested in students who work while going to school. It shows responsibility and commitment. Some options that are great for teens are retail or food service at malls, grocery stores, and restaurants. Those jobs are always abundant, flexible, and hiring teens to work there. This fit is perfect for a high schooler looking to add to their résumé or work experience.
The activities listed above are traditional extracurricular activities; they are more of the common ones. Although extracurricular activities are important in a college application, you don’t have to force yourself to do one that you don’t enjoy because the options are not limited to only these. Next week, Wiener will talk about non-traditional extracurricular activities that you might not have considered!