The World of Portfolios

By Briti Prajapat, CollegeFindme Intern

Out of those hundreds of thousands of applicants, how can you stand out? Are you excelling in school? Do your test scores set a promising representation of you and your abilities? If no, then seek help from one of your unique talents!

Whether it be dancing, painting, acting, or singing, these qualities may be rarer than you think. Just by submitting a clip of you singing or a collage of your amazing drawings, you will set yourself apart from most students in the application pool.

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The College Interview: Time to Show Off!

By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern

Interview of Academics

At this point, you are more or less a pro in interviews. You know how to use your million dollar smile. You have the jokes. You have the flair. You have it all. But a college interview is a whole new ballgame. Imagine if regular interviews were the seasonal games of a sport. College interviews would be the all-star game – you have to prepare to shine, or else you’ll be out shined by other elite players.

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Making Yourself a Better College Candidate

By: Jay KC, CollegeFindMe Intern

If there is one thing all high schoolers can agree on, it is that everyone wants to be the best applicant for colleges and universities. We go to elementary school for middle school, middle school for high school, and finally high school for college. Of course, we want to go to the best college we can, so I am going to give you a few tips on ways to make yourself more appealing to colleges.

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FAFSA: Let’s Talk About The Money!

By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern

FAFSA What?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA is the certified report of your family’s financial standings. Each college applicant receives their FAFSA after submitting documents such as W2 forms and recent tax returns. FAFSA is the financial side of the college application process, and for many- the most important. Besides, it’s money we are talking about! Let’s dive in!

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Non-Traditional Extracurriculars: Defy Today’s Standards!

 

By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern

You’re not the standard person, so why appear as one?

For those who like to defy and be the oddball, you are the real trendsetters. You are more than what meets the eye. So, let’s make sure that colleges can see that with this list of peculiar extracurriculars (heh, like that rhyme? Try saying it like a mad scientist!)

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Traditional Extracurricular Activities

People Enjoying Extracurriculars

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.

School Sports

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

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.

Volunteer Hours

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

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!

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