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Extracurricular Activities: How and why are they important?

How do you define extracurricular activities?

Extracurricular activities are things that you are involved in outside of your normal classes and high school curriculum.

Examples include clubs, band, sports, community art courses, and local internships or volunteering experiences. Family commitments are also great examples.

“There are many [students] who spend a great deal of time helping to run their household, preparing meals and caring for siblings or making money with a part-time job to help the household meet expenses.”
— William R. Fitzsimmons, Dean at Harvard University, NY Times

Why are extracurricular activities important?

Your grades and test scores show off your curricular abilities— your ability to study for an exam, be on time for classes and learn from your teachers.

In contrast, extra-curricular activities give insight into what you are interested in and… continue reading…

How much do extracurriculars matter for “top” universities?

Many, many students apply to “top” universities with perfect test scores and flawless grades, so applicants need to differentiate themselves. Extracurriculars can help… continue reading…

How many extra-curricular activities do you need?

The number is not really important. However, as they say, quality is better than quantity… continue reading…


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