An extracurricular activity is really anything you participate in outside of your academics. Such common informal activities that come to mind include:
• Playing an Instrument
• Art Classes
• Singing in a Choir or Band
• Community Theater
• Social Activist Causes
• Volunteer Activities
• Other Hobbies
Activities Bring Your College Application to Life
The activities you participate in, along with your primary essay and supplemental essays, are ways for your application to come to life. Certainly the first thing that college admissions officers are going to look at is your transcript, but they also look at the activities in which you participate to balance out the rest of your application.
It’s always beneficial when admissions officers can look at a student’s resume and learn what they’re passionate about, whether it’s music, athletics, clubs, or a cause that they’ve tried to further. And we can’t stress enough that activities are NOT about breadth, meaning you don’t have to check the box for all different types of activities, but about depth. For example, if you’re a three season athlete and you don’t have time to volunteer for a local organization, that’s OK. Or maybe you want to volunteer as a coach or be a referee, and that’s good too. If you love music then do more of it. If you love your sports, then do more of it. If you have a cause that you want to further, then do more of it. If you’re passionate about children with special needs then volunteer more in that area. Remember, don’t just check off the box. Do activities that you enjoy and do more of them.
TIP: We always have our students create a student resume because there are many colleges that allow you to upload a resume with your application. This serves as a dual purpose to both help you list your activities on the applications that you’re submitting, as well as having the ability to upload a resume to those schools that asked for it.
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