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Extra-Curricular Activity


Remember Kwasi Enin, who got into all 8 Ivy League schools?

Not only are his grades good, but he’s a snazzy viola player.

Kwasi-EninWhen the big school admissions officers see you are involved in extra-curricular activities, they think, “Hmm!  This kid …

  • Manages time well
  • Prioritizes
  • Is motivated to succeed
  • Shows responsibility
  • Is a leader.”

How to Choose Extracurricular Activities

1. Go deep instead of wide.

Admission officers are like most of us – they respect passion and commitment to a single task.  They look away from superficial help in several activities.

2. Do what you’re good at.

Go for activities that complement and enhance your specific interests and skills. Are you a good writer?  Look into working on your school newspaper or yearbook. Are you good at ice-skating or horse riding?  Lace up your skates.  Tighten that cinch.

3. Set limits.

You have to balance academics and extracurricular activities. Schedule only as much activity as you can handle easily. Burnout and exhaustion can ruin even the best career.

4. Consider a job or volunteering.

The eyes of admission officers light up when they see a student committed to a job or volunteer service and still maintaining good grades.

5. Look at an internship.

An internships could help you find your passion in life, identify your career goal, apply what you learn in class to the real world.

6. Don’t spend effort getting your name published.

Admissions officers don’t read Who’s Who Among American High School Students.  They look at your accomplishments.

You can make Harvard’s admission rep look long and hard at your application by participating in activities and through high school. Who knows, you might even start something that you’ll enjoy all your life.












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