Colleges are not just looking for good grades these days, and if you are not a star athlete or performer you may want to make sure that you do your fair share of Extra Curricular activities. Proving that you were an asset to your high school or your community during your high school years could lean college recruiters in your direction over those with similar grades as yours.
Extra Curricular activities can involve being on sports teams, participating in the chorus, or performing or being on the crew of school plays or they can be in the form of French club, Recycling Club, or even Anime Club. Obviously doing something that has something in common with what you are majoring is good. So if you want to major in journalism then you should probably get yourself on the school paper. Many high schools have opportunities to work with the community like Key Clubs where students assist the elderly or good buddy clubs where able bodied students help handicapped students through their school days.
It is good to get a good mix of activities in while in high school, the more you do the better your college application will look. Try out new things during your high school years it will be fun for you and those extras you did will make you look like a well rounded individual.
Don’t see anything you like at the school then get involved in your community. Volunteer your time at homes for the mentally handicapped, senior citizen homes, hospitals, thrift stores, or your local food pantry, or homeless shelter. Check out Volunteer.com for options.
Get involved in outside of the school activities such Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, or Junior Achievement. Being involved in these types of clubs may very well help you get a scholarship as well.
Taking music, cooking classes, and art classes or other types of classes you may be interested at your local YMCA or Park District should also be good. Be sure to mention those as well on your college applications.
If you work as a camp counselor, or teach summer classes to kids such as swimming lessons, or if you umpire little league games, you will be getting paid and doing something that will look amazing on your college application at the same time.
If you don’t want to get committed to things that you will need to be involved in on a regular basis, why not volunteer to help out at the Special Olympics, at library book sales, yearly environmental cleaning activities, or marathons, large marathons need people to help hand out water to runners. These types of activities are usually only one or two times per year.
Receiving letters and special awards can also look great on your college application. Try out for your schools spelling bee, get involved in poetry or other writing contests, enter your art work at art fairs or art competitions, compete in singing competitions, be an editor for your school newspaper, be in charge of your year book committee. In other words if there is something that you like doing and you find you are good at it then strive for the best position in that activity or club and also search outside of those clubs and activities for opportunities to show off what you can do.
Female students also have a wonderful and unique opportunity to get involved with their local city pageant. Pageant contestants will get the opportunity to work with their community, sharpen public speaking skills and perform. The winner will get the chance to compete in the state competition. Scholarships’ are guaranteed to the winners of their cities and most of the girls that compete end up getting some kind of scholarship even if it is just from their sponsor. Not to mention everything you do while preparing for the actual contest will look good on your college application.
There are plenty of options for getting involved and getting recognized while you are in high school you are sure to find things that you enjoy and are personally rewarding if you just take the time to look around. You will be glad you were involved and you will be providing memories for yourself for years to come by getting involved in different Extra Curricular activities and your college application is going to look a lot more full and interesting then a student applying with the same grades as you who has done nothing outside of regular academics.