Extracurricular Activities and College Applications
At my association’s conference that I attended earlier this month (IECA), I had the opportunity to attend a seminar with college admissions representatives from respected institutions (e.g., Boston College, Tufts, Allegheny…etc.), varying in size and selectivity, shedding some light on how they read their applications.
Although there were some similarities in what they expressed there were also differences, which allows you to come to the conclusion that each school is its own entity, making its own decisions on what students they are looking for and how they evaluate their application packages.
• Where are your hours going vs. what are you doing – If you have to take care of a sibling every day after school for your family then it is fine since you can’t participate in after school activities
• Some students do a good job exploring their options when participating in various extra curricular activities
• Also perfectly fine to see students participating in fewer extra curricular activities but with the longer term commitment
• With extracurricular activities, most importantly be genuine and participate in what you enjoy, have a passion for, love
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