Colleges love to see students who challenge themselves and participate actively in their communities outside of school.
Your child might not be thinking about college when he or she decides to play a sport or signs up for classes Sophomore year, but you can be. Extracurricular activities and class transcripts are two of the most important factors colleges and universities use in their evaluations of prospective students. It’s true that a lack of extracurricular activities and a blemished transcript won’t ruin your child’s chances at getting accepted, but the earlier you start planning, the better prepared you can be.
What are some of the best classes and extracurricular activities to suggest?
1. AP Classes. Advanced Placement classes can be tricky. They’ll look great on a resume, but only if your student manages to get a good grade. Keep this in mind when signing up.
2. Optional Classes. Taking another Home Economics course instead of a study hall can be a bonus if it fills up a transcript with more course credits.
3. Team Sports. Team sports look great because colleges love students who work and play together for a common cause. Any team sport will do fine.
4. Committees and Student Organizations. Any time you spend time with a group for a common cause, colleges will respond. Having a leadership position makes it look even better.
5. Volunteer Work. Though it may or may not be available as an extracurricular activity through your school, volunteer work looks amazing on a college application.
It’s not imperative to fill up your child’s schedule with as many activities and classes as possible, but it is important to have at least a few. Work with your child to find activities they’ll actively enjoy, and the rest will take care of itself.