The Value of Extracurricular Activities

There’s no secret that colleges look beyond student grades and test scores. They also seek feedback and perspectives from your teachers and guidance/college counselors. Your essays also matter. Whether it’s the Common Application personal statement or the college supplemental essay, they invite you to voice yourself. Equally important are your extracurricular activities (ECA) that provide insight into what shapes and/or influences who you are. Often, it’s the most underrated aspect of your application to which few students pay much attention nor thoughtfully consider its implications as it relates to college admissions. What ECA is Not: ECA is not and should not be a random list of things

How do Colleges View “Leadership” in Your Activities?

Colleges look for evidence that you’ve been involved in the world outside of the classroom- whether it’s sports, volunteering, clubs or jobs, what they want to see is that you’re engaged in the world around you and demonstrate some leadership qualities. But is there such a thing as too much leadership? Consider the points below: Quality is more important than quantity. It’s better to have just a few extracurricular activities that you’ve been committed to than a long list with only short term involvement. Holding elected positions is certainly looked upon favorably; but holding numerous offices in a long list of activities can sometimes lead to questions: are you being honest? Did you a

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