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.

 

General Guides

 

How to Choose the Right Extracurriculars in High School

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.

 

A Guide to Extracurricular Activities: Grade 9

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

How to Determine Which Clubs to Join: A Guide for Freshmen gives you plenty of information on joining in-school activities.

 

A Guide to Extracurricular Activities: Grade 10

Now that you’ve acclimated to high school a bit, start solidifying your activities. Learn how in A Guide to Extracurricular Activities: Grade 10.

 

A Guide to Extracurricular Activities: Grade 11

Junior year is definitely a time to shine in your extracurriculars, so be sure to check out

A Guide to Extracurricular Activities: Grade 11.

 

What You Should Be Thinking About as a Junior: Part II – Extracurriculars and Summer Activities

Find more extracurricular advice and ideas for juniors in What You Should Be Thinking About as a Junior: Part II – Extracurriculars and Summer Activities.

 

A Guide to Extracurricular Activities: Grade 12

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.

 

The Dos and Don’ts of Joining New Extracurriculars Your Senior Year

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.

 

Organizing Your New Club

Starting a club is a great way to show colleges that you’re a leader. Read Organizing Your New Club to get started.

 

How to Become President of Your High School Club

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.

 

A Guide to Jobs You Can Work as a High School Student

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.

 

Can I Volunteer if I’m Under Age 18?

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.

Managing Extracurriculars: A Guide to Strategic Quitting

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.

 

What Counts as an Extracurricular?

Unsure about what colleges designate as extracurriculars? Read What Counts as an Extracurricular? for more information.

 

Effective Summer Activities

You’ll find plenty of ideas for summer extracurriculars in Effective Summer Activities.

 

Your Comprehensive Guide to Extracurriculars

For general information about extracurriculars, check out Your Comprehensive Guide to Extracurriculars.

 

How Much Do Extracurricular Activities Matter in College Admissions?

How important are your activities when you apply to college? How Much Do Extracurricular Activities Matter in College Admissions? has your answer.

 

A Guide to Extracurriculars for Homeschooled Students

If you’re homeschooled, it may be difficult to find activities to join. Fortunately, A Guide to Extracurriculars for Homeschooled Students has you covered.

 

Build a Profile That Will Impress Admissions Officers

Our mentorship program helps students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade discover their passions, build their resumes, and get guidance throughout high school.

 

Niche Guides

 

How to Start an Investment Club in High School

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.

 

Extracurriculars for the Prospective BS/MD Student

Thinking about being pre-med or applying for a combined BS/MD program? Check out Extracurriculars for the Prospective BS/MD Student.

 

How to Apply to the Senate Page Program

If you’re interested in government, be sure to check out How to Apply to the Senate Page Program.

 

How to Get a Research Assistant Position in High School

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.

 

Extracurricular Ideas for the Aspiring Journalist

If you’re thinking about becoming a journalist, you’ll definitely want to take a look at Extracurricular Ideas for the Aspiring Journalist.

 

Should I Join Student Newspaper?

Aspiring journalists should also read Should I Join Student Newspaper?.

 

Creative Writing Opportunities for High School Students

Writers should also check out Creative Writing Opportunities for High School Students for tips on contests and programs.

 

Becoming the Editor of Your High School Literary Magazine

Learn about another great writing and leadership opportunity in Becoming the Editor of Your High School Literary Magazine.

 

How to Shine in Yearbook Club

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.

 

How to Start a Discussion Club in High School

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.

 

Extracurricular Activities for Student Athletes

Athletes often have demanding schedules, but you’ll find plenty of ways to squeeze in other activities in Extracurricular Activities for Student Athletes.

 

Demonstrating Leadership as a High School Sports Captain

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.

 

Extracurricular Activities with Animals for High Schoolers

If you love animals, you’ll definitely want to read Extracurricular Activities with Animals for High Schoolers.

 

Guide to Rotary Youth Programs

Find out about plenty of opportunities to develop your leadership and communication skills in Guide to Rotary Youth Programs.

 

A High School Student’s Guide to Mock Trial

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.

 

A Guide to Excelling at Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate is another great opportunity for aspiring public speakers. Read A Guide to Excelling at Speech and Debate to learn more.

 

A Beginner’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business in High School

Budding entrepreneurs should check out A Beginner’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business in High School.

 

Ultimate Guide to JROTC

Ambitious future leaders can find a great opportunity to demonstrate their skills in JROTC. Learn how to join in Ultimate Guide to JROTC.

 

Should I Join Class Board or Student Government?

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.

 

“Courage, Confidence, and Character”: Becoming a High-Achieving Girl Scout

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.

 

How to Become an Eagle 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.

 

A Guide to Leadership Roles in Music Groups

Musicians and others who are interested in music can find plenty of extracurricular ideas in A Guide to Leadership Roles in Music Groups.

 

The Ins and Outs of Pre-College Internships

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.

 

How to Plan and Execute a Fundraiser for High School Extracurriculars

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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Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in History. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in publishing. She also writes, dreams of owning a dog, and routinely brags about the health of her orchid.
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