With the new school year approaching, you might consider getting involved in some new student clubs and after-school programs. Extracurricular activities are great for making new friends and developing your hobbies into marketable skills and experience. Moreover, showing your involvement in these activities will strengthen your college applications. However, many students applying to college have plenty of extracurricular leadership roles to show off. So, which activities will help you make your application stand out from the rest?
Taking an Online Course
In our modern technological world, it is important to use all the resources around us. For example, taking an online course on a subject that you are passionate about shows your determination and hard work. More importantly, however, it shows that you are stepping outside of the comfort of your school and doing something unique and challenging. The final grade you receive in the class showcases the skills you have learned throughout your education and how you have applied them to the real world.
Starting Your Own Program
Starting your own club or program at school is a great addition to your college application because it demonstrates not only your leadership abilities but also your perseverance and dedication. Starting your own club requires proving to your school's administration that your club is necessary and relevant, putting in the effort to recruit members, and organizing and leading club meetings. The advantage of starting your own club is that your meetings can be in any format and you have complete control over the way that the club is run. Your club programming can include workshops, panel discussions, film screenings, and so much more!
Another example of an unique extracurricular activity is studying abroad. Similar to the other examples, studying abroad shows that you can take initiative trying something new and stepping out of your comfort zone. You can also pick up a new language while you're at it! Not only can this experience develop your perspective and prompt personal growth, it can also make for a great personal essay topic! If you have any relatives or friends living outside of the U.S., ask them if they would be willing to host you for a year. You can also ask your school's advisor or your Money Mentor for help finding exchange programs!
Why the Right Extracurriculars are Important
Gaining exposure from different experiences will build your character and define who you are. Stepping out of your comfort zone and displaying your skills in a unique setting is the best way to make your application stand out. Though you may have the qualities of perseverance and dedication, demonstrating these traits to admissions officers without engaging in unique activities that you can put on your application is challenging.