Everything You Need to Know About Extracurricular Activities in High School
It can be overwhelming to figure out which extracurriculars are right for you, as well as which are likely to give your college applications that extra edge. Thankfully, CollegeVine has you covered! Check out our guides to extracurriculars below to figure out how to go about selecting your activities and find out why they matter for college admissions.
Overwhelmed with the choices of activities available to you? How to Choose the Right Extracurriculars in High School is a great starting place to help you figure it all out.
Freshman year marks the beginning of many new things, including extracurriculars. Learn how to find activities that are right for you in A Guide to Extracurricular Activities: Grade 9.
How to Determine Which Clubs to Join: A Guide for Freshmen gives you plenty of information on joining in-school activities.
Now that you’ve acclimated to high school a bit, start solidifying your activities. Learn how in A Guide to Extracurricular Activities: Grade 10.
Junior year is definitely a time to shine in your extracurriculars, so be sure to check out
Find more extracurricular advice and ideas for juniors in What You Should Be Thinking About as a Junior: Part II – Extracurriculars and Summer Activities.
Even with college looming, extracurriculars are still important. A Guide to Extracurricular Activities: Grade 12 offers information on what you need to know about activities in twelfth grade.
Thinking of starting something new senior year? Be sure to check out The Dos and Don’ts of Joining New Extracurriculars Your Senior Year before you do.
Starting a club is a great way to show colleges that you’re a leader. Read Organizing Your New Club to get started.
Becoming president of an existing club is another great way to show leadership. Learn how to get there in How to Become President of Your High School Club.
Getting a job in high school helps you earn money while demonstrating your work ethic and responsibility to colleges. Check out A Guide to Jobs You Can Work as a High School Student for tips on how to find employment in high school.
It can be difficult to find community service opportunities as a teenager. Can I Volunteer if I’m Under Age 18? offers advice on how to get started.
Even for over-achieving high school students, there is such a thing as doing too much. If you’re overwhelmed, learn how to decide which activities to drop in Managing Extracurriculars: A Guide to Strategic Quitting.
Unsure about what colleges designate as extracurriculars? Read What Counts as an Extracurricular? for more information.
You’ll find plenty of ideas for summer extracurriculars in Effective Summer Activities.
For general information about extracurriculars, check out Your Comprehensive Guide to Extracurriculars.
How important are your activities when you apply to college? How Much Do Extracurricular Activities Matter in College Admissions? has your answer.
If you’re homeschooled, it may be difficult to find activities to join. Fortunately, A Guide to Extracurriculars for Homeschooled Students has you covered.
Interested in finance? How to Start an Investment Club in High School will show you the ins and outs of sharing your passion with others.
Thinking about being pre-med or applying for a combined BS/MD program? Check out Extracurriculars for the Prospective BS/MD Student.
If you’re interested in government, be sure to check out How to Apply to the Senate Page Program.
Finding a research position in high school shows motivation and may even earn you money. Learn more in How to Get a Research Assistant Position in High School.
If you’re thinking about becoming a journalist, you’ll definitely want to take a look at Extracurricular Ideas for the Aspiring Journalist.
Aspiring journalists should also read Should I Join Student Newspaper?.
Writers should also check out Creative Writing Opportunities for High School Students for tips on contests and programs.
Learn about another great writing and leadership opportunity in Becoming the Editor of Your High School Literary Magazine.
Yearbook Club can be a way to learn a variety of writing, editing, and layout, and publishing skills. Check out How to Shine in Yearbook Club to learn more on how to make the most of it.
Want to discuss issues with your peers? Learn how to turn a passion for discourse and debate into an extracurricular activity in How to Start a Discussion Club in High School.
Athletes often have demanding schedules, but you’ll find plenty of ways to squeeze in other activities in Extracurricular Activities for Student Athletes.
Leading your school’s sports team is another way to demonstrate your commitment to athletics. Find out how in Demonstrating Leadership as a High School Sports Captain.
If you love animals, you’ll definitely want to read Extracurricular Activities with Animals for High Schoolers.
Find out about plenty of opportunities to develop your leadership and communication skills in Guide to Rotary Youth Programs.
If you want to learn about the legal system and hone your public speaking skills, check out A High School Student’s Guide to Mock Trial.
Speech and Debate is another great opportunity for aspiring public speakers. Read A Guide to Excelling at Speech and Debate to learn more.
Budding entrepreneurs should check out A Beginner’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business in High School.
Ambitious future leaders can find a great opportunity to demonstrate their skills in JROTC. Learn how to join in Ultimate Guide to JROTC.
Thinking of running for a seat on student council? Read Should I Join Class Board or Student Government? to learn all you need to know.
If you want to reach the highest distinctions of being a Girl Scout, check out “Courage, Confidence, and Character”: Becoming a High-Achieving Girl Scout.
Becoming an Eagle Scout is another great accomplishment. Find out more about the process of becoming one in How to Become an Eagle Scout.
Musicians and others who are interested in music can find plenty of extracurricular ideas in A Guide to Leadership Roles in Music Groups.
Internships can be a great way to learn about potential majors and careers as well as job skills. Learn more in The Ins and Outs of Pre-College Internships.
Learn how to manage money and demonstrate leadership at the same time in How to Plan and Execute a Fundraiser for High School Extracurriculars.
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