Starting a high school club is not just an extracurricular activity; it’s a powerful demonstration of initiative, leadership and commitment – qualities that college admissions officers highly value. As parents, guiding your teen through this process can significantly boost their college application while enriching their high school experience. Here’s how:

Encourage your teen to pinpoint a passion or interest that can be shared with others – be it a cultural awareness club, a technology enthusiasts group or an environmental action team. This step not only lays the groundwork for the club but also showcases to admissions officers a genuine dedication to their interests.

Navigating the school’s process for initiating a new club reflects a student’s ability to understand and adhere to administrative protocols. Drafting a club proposal, which includes outlining the club’s purpose and goals, demonstrates organizational skills and foresight.

The planning phase, where your teen decides on meeting schedules and activities, is a testament to their strategic thinking and project management abilities. Colleges look for students who can not only conceive ideas but also effectively implement them.

Promoting the club and building a membership base requires effective communication and interpersonal skills. It’s an opportunity for your child to demonstrate their ability to inspire and engage peers, a trait that is highly regarded in the academic community.

Overcoming the inevitable challenges in establishing and running a club highlights resilience and problem-solving skills. These real-world experiences are compelling to admissions officers, as they seek students who can thrive in dynamic environments.

Starting a high school club is a multifaceted opportunity for your child to exhibit a range of qualities sought after by colleges. It’s not just about leading an organization; it’s about showing initiative, dedication and the ability to turn vision into reality.

About the author
Marc Zawel

As author of Untangling the Ivy League, Marc literally wrote the book on gaining admission to highly selective colleges. He earned a BA from Cornell University – where he met AcceptU’s co-founder – and an MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, Marc chaired the admissions advisory board; he has also conducted alumni interviews for Cornell for more than fifteen years.

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