What extracurriculars are most important?

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What extracurriculars are most important?

James Montoya
Vice President of Higher Education The College Board

What extracurriculars are most important?

Here is my video response to the question.

Helen H. Choi
Owner Admissions Mavens

What extracurriculars are most important?

Only you know the answer to this question, because the only extracurriculars that are truly important are the ones that are most meaningful to you! As a busy high school student, you probably don't have much time -- so choose HOW you spend your time in a meaningful way. Don't just join a club or participate in an activity because you think that it will "look good" on your college application. Choose activities that you enjoy and that motivate you to work hard to get the most out of them. Meaningful engagement is definitely more important than joining a club/activity to look "well-rounded." And believe it or not -- the difference is readily apparent to admissions officers. They have seen thousands of applications -- and they have the experience to see the difference between students engaged in activities they feel truly passionate about and students who are doing things to impress others. So... if you want to spend your time doing things that you actually ENJOY AND things that will "impress" admissions officers -- choose activities for which you have an authentic and meaningful interest.

็Ž‹ๆ–‡ๅ› June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

we must looking into the contents vs. committement

extracurriculars are required by selective schools and always help the studen to gain admissions in general. it is time consume and it requires committment for each selected participantion. sports is one of the extracurricluars activities most recognized by colleges for admissions consideration. it has nothing to do the level of the performance the student actually achieved unless committed to play for college during the college period. academic activities are also important as extracurriculars if you are determinded to compete for the most selective schools. summer programs are the key for some schools. be careful to plan and use your time wisely are my suggestions.

Erin Avery
Certified Educational Planner Avery Educational Resources, LLC

Important to Whom?

Only you the student can answer that question. What you invest the most time doing will reveal what you care about the most, and ultimately, for what you stand. Choose wisely, but don't choose because someone told you what you should do to get into college. Choose what you love, where your passion lies, and your authenticity will shine in the college admission process.

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

Extracurricular activities

The important activities are the ones that you enjoy the most. Period. Do not join clubs or student government because you think it will look good on a resume. Don't go on government leadership trips when you have no interest in government. Pick a few interests or activities and immerse yourself in them. It is a myth that colleges are looking for well rounded students...they love students with sharp edges. Whatever it is you love to do, do it. And, make sure the college has the activities YOU are interested in.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

It's not the What that's important

Extracurricular activity in general is what is important. Schools want to see that you have interests other than final grades. Whether you are involved in athletics, music, politics, job; hopefully you've demonstrated commitment and possible even leadership tendencies. This isn't about quantity and how many lines you can fill on an activity resume. It also isn't about following any "right formula" with your free time. Do what interests you and everything else will fall in place.

meredith bracco
Director Educational Opportunities Consulting, LLC

What extracurriculars are most important?

The best extracurriculars are the ones that truly matter to you. Find something that you can be passionate about. Don't do something just because you think it'll look good when you apply to college. Being disingenuous is never in your best interest. Your grades are still of utmost importance, so any activity that takes away from studying had better be worth it. You should be thinking about a leadership position by the time you're a junior (and definitely as a senior).

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

What extracurriculars are most important?

It could be debate, year book, president of a language club, but it all depends on what the student intends to accomplish and focus their energies on.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

What extracurriculars are most important?

There is no most important extracurricular activity. What is important is that students demonstrate a sustained interest in one or two activities. That students are passionate and dedicated and show leadership, creativity and involvement in their communities is what is important.

Sarah Contomichalos
Manager Educational Advisory Services, LLC

What extracurriculars are most important?

The ones that mean the most to you and where you have excelled and or shown leadership.