Activities are a valuable education tool. Statistics show that students who participate in activity programs tend to have higher grades, better attendance records, more self-confidence, school spirit, lower drop-out rates, and fewer disciplinary problems. Activity programs provide valuable lessons in many practical situations: teamwork, sportsmanship, winning and losing, hard world. Through participation in activity programs students learn self-discipline, build self-confidence, and develop skills to handle competitive situations. Selective colleges look for participation in extracurricular activities on a student's transcript.
Important To Know...
The good news is that colleges pay attention to your life both inside and outside the classroom. Yes, your academics come first, but your activities reveal a great deal about you, such as:
- How you've made a meaningful contribution to something
- What your non-academic interests are
- Whether you can maintain a long-term commitment
- Whether you can manage your time and priorities
- What diversity you'd bring to the student body
Once you start exploring, sometimes the challenge is figuring out how much to do. Here are some quick tips:
- Most importantly, when you find something you like to do, stick with it.
- If you're interested and have extra time, try to excel in more than one area. For example, write for the paper and volunteer. Make sure you're giving your all to each activity and don't slack on your school work
- Don't worry about being president or captain. The key is whether you've done something significant, center stage or behind the scenes.
Maintaining A Balance
Keep in mind that colleges are not interested in seeing you "do it all."
Colleges and Universities are looking for a dedication and a passion for an activity outside of the academic area - they are looking for quality rather than quantity. Colleges don't have a perfect set of activities to belong to. They want to see your individuality and your commitment.
Haven't Gotten Involved Yet?
This is not a problem. We give you the chance to explore your interests and talents. If you haven't felt drawn into something yet, there's no shortage of opportunities for you to explore. We host an annual club fair where you will have the opportunity to see club displays and get information from current club members.