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Why are extracurricular activities important?

Posted on Jul 07, 2016

Engagement outside of work or the classroom is an important aspect of the college application process. Extracurricular activities allow you to distinguish yourself from other applicants and reinforce your skills and interests.

Your essays and resume provide you with the opportunity to share what activities you are involved in during your free time. You can showcase traits that work, or that classroom studies alone will not demonstrate. What are you passionate about? Do you care about your community? Do you volunteer at the local clinic or hospital? What you do after work or college hours, during weekends and over holidays relays a message about you to the university admissions team. For example, if you founded an NGO catering to women’s rights, it shows your dedication to helping people. If you held a leadership position in your industry forum or college club it shows your passion and dedication to the field. If you were part of Toastmasters, it demonstrates your ability to think quickly on your feet, voice your opinions, and that you are well-versed in current affairs.

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