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Why are extracurricular activities important?

Posted on Jul 07, 2016

Engagement outside of work 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 you are involved in during your free time. You can showcase traits that work alone will not demonstrate.

For example, what are you passionate about? Do you care about your community? Do you teach marketing at a local community college? Are you working on becoming a CFA? Are you an avid golfer or president of your Rotary Club? What you do after work hours, during weekends and over holidays relays a message about you to the university admissions team – not only about what interests you, but your growth and commitment to the activity.

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