Sophomores and juniors in high school have so much to do. You’re reading, writing, problem-solving, creating, collaborating and practicing, all while you’re spending time with friends and family and trying to figure out what you care about most. When you start thinking about applying to college, you may wonder about the role activities play in the process and how you should assess your involvement.
Let’s start with what activities aren’t for – impressing admissions committees. While this may be an outcome of the activities you participate in, it shouldn’t be the reason you choose or develop an interest. Why not?
What are extracurricular activities for?
Activities are a way for you to grow and develop as a person, explore your interests, express yourself, and learn how to interact with a variety of people in different settings. Activities can help you build your talent as an athlete, musician, artist, actor or problem solver. They can give you the opportunity to practice both leadership and collaboration. Activities can give you a platform to develop your ideas and speak your mind, or find a way to engage with a community you are drawn to.
How can I get more out of my activities?
Once you’re involved in activities you care about, don’t stop there! Deciding to go deeper within your existing activities will enhance their meaning and often take you places you never knew you could go. How?
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.