6 Extracurricular Activities to Join in High School

By: HomeFirst Certified
August 21, 2014
High School extracurricular activities

When it comes to getting into college, everyone knows that grades are vitally important. But some students don’t realize that extracurricular activities also make a big difference. Your extracurriculars tell a complete story about your high school experience, and worthiness for getting into college. Sometimes, a strong list of extracurriculars can even help you overcome an underwhelming GPA or ACT/SAT score. As the new school year begins, here are some of the best extracurricular activities in which to get involved:

Student Government

Calling all future dignitaries and diplomats! Student government is the breeding ground for the next generation of leaders. Even if you don’t have political aspirations, joining student government is an excellent way to sharpen your leadership skills, which will come in handy throughout your life! Of course, being a student leader also looks terrific on any college application.

Tutoring

Tutoring is a great way to prove your academic prowess. After all, you can’t tutor someone unless you’re a subject expert! Additionally, tutoring is a great way to gain perspective into the teacher/student relationship. It will make you look at your teachers in a new way, which can only enrich your educational experience.

Sports Teams

Joining a sports team looks tremendous on your college application. Whether it’s football, softball or golf, being part of a team shows you’re disciplined, balanced and well rounded. You can’t be a student-athlete without knowing how to manage your time. This is something admission officers recognize and highly value.

Music

Master a musical instrument and join your school’s band. Like sports, music is a big-time commitment that reflects your ability to balance school with other core responsibilities. Demonstrating the ability to juggle various commitments shows you’re a serious person who recognizes the importance of being well rounded.

Clubs

Joining a club is a great way to challenge yourself intellectually and meet other like-minded individuals. From quiz bowl to debate, you’ll be forced to push your mind to its limits and learn how to study fast and efficiently. It goes without saying that these are very desirable qualities to colleges! As a bonus, you’ll become well versed in a particular area, which could spark your future career ambitions.

Volunteering

You don’t have to be on school property for your actions to count as an extracurricular. Volunteering at a local soup kitchen, church, or club looks great on a college application. But of course, the main benefit of volunteering is the feeling of fulfillment you get from giving back to a person less fortunate than you.                 Brought to you by Home First Certified TM

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