• How Is the Admissions Process Different for International Students?

    International applicants to US colleges and universities sometimes perceive a special benefit that comes along with attending college in the United States. However, in order for an international student to attend college in the United States, they must go through the same rigorous application process as the domestic students, and also complete some extra requirements. They are competing for very few available spots at each university for international students, so they may have to go the extra mile in order to set themselves apart. If you’re an international student thinking that you may want to attend college in the United States, you should know how the admissions process for you is going to differ from that of a US applicant. Here’s your basic guide to how the US college admissions process differs for international students.

  • Cultural Appreciation Clubs: Celebrating Your Heritage, Educating Others, and Boosting Your College Applications

    Most students find that they are able to participate in extracurricular activities that reflect their existing interests and values, but what happens when you can’t find a club that reflects an important part of who you are? What if you feel that a critical part of your identify or values isn’t reflected by the existing offerings?

    If you feel that your culture isn’t reflected in your activities or in your school community, you might consider creating a cultural appreciation club. In these clubs, you’ll reaffirm your own identify while sharing your unique traditions and values with others. To learn how to start a cultural appreciation club, keep reading.

  • Can I Talk About Politics on My College Applications?

    Despite the myriad benefits of getting involved in politics as a high schooler, it is important to be cautious when mentioning politics on your college applications, especially given modern America’s heightened political polarization. It is all too easy to offend someone or give a biased impression of yourself to an admissions committee just by expressing a political opinion. To help you discuss your passion for politics without making any application missteps, we at CV have compiled a brief guide that will show you how to cautiously navigate the issue of talking about politics on your college application. While it can be beneficial and set you apart from your fellow classmates, talking about politics on your college application needs to be handled with extreme care.

  • How to Spin Your High School Job Into an Impressive Extracurricular

    Holding down a job along with all the other responsibilities that come with being a high school student is an impressive achievement in and of itself, but it is not necessarily one that will shine on its own on your college applications. Instead, you will need to spend some time considering how you will really highlight the relevance of your employment on your college application. In this post, we will outline the most common reasons for getting a job in high school, how heavily your employment history is generally weighed by college admissions committees, and how you can frame your work experience in a way that allows it to truly shine on your college applications.

  • CollegeVine’s Top Six Study Tips for High School Students

    Studying will likely play a role in your high school experience at some point or another. Whether it’s for a final exam, your SAT, or even your driving test, it would be an exceptionally rare student who made it through high school without hitting the books, even if not consistently then at least from time to time.

    In this post, we outline six of our favorite study techniques, to be used for anything from acing that driving test to preparing for your big AP exam. You might even use some to keep you moving forward as you tackle that mound of college applications. If you’re a high school student looking to brush up on your study techniques or try a few fresh approaches, check out our six favorite study techniques.

  • Amnesty International: A Human Rights Extracurricular for High Schoolers

    Amnesty International is the largest grassroots human rights organization in the world. They are a “global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people” (Amnesty International Website). Many Amnesty International chapters exist at the high school level that allow students to fundraise and advocate for human rights issues in their communities. If you are looking to make an impact through Amnesty International, look no further. We at CV have outlined everything you need to know about getting involved in the Amnesty International club at your high school.

  • How to Organize a Speaker Event in High School

    Bringing in outside speakers for events at your high school can bring many benefits for you, your classmates, and even your teachers. However, making the event happen requires organization, work ethic, and numerous other skills. Read on to learn what it takes to organize a speaker event and pull it off without a hitch.

  • Extracurriculars For Aspiring Computer Science Majors

    These days, students who perform well in high school aren’t guaranteed a spot anywhere, even if they place at the top of their class. Instead, you need to achieve both in the classroom and outside of it if you want to compete in selective college admissions. Through your extracurricular involvement you’ll have to show that you are a strong member of a community, a dedicated hard-worker, and a leader who’s willing to take initiative.

    For students interested in pursuing computer sciences, this means that you might start planting the seeds for a successful future much earlier in your high school career. If you’re considering a path in computer science and you’re wondering what you can do in high school to get the ball rolling and ensure that you’re prepared for competitive college admissions, this is the post for you. Keep reading for a breakdown of six great extracurricular options for the aspiring computer scientist.

  • How to Pursue Photojournalism as a High School Student

    While much of your academic coursework will prepare you for the thinking, calculating, and communicating necessary in the workplace, fewer will prepare you for the hard, technical skills necessary in some of the more hands-on professions. For example, if you intend to pursue photojournalism in your future, or you just find it interesting and want to learn more about it, you probably have few options for doing so in a traditional high school class.

    In this post, we’ll discuss the various ways that you can pursue photojournalism as a high school student, including everything from the obvious work on your school newspaper to a variety of intense summer programs and online courses. To learn more, keep reading.

  • Extracurricular Activities to Build Public Speaking Skills

    Usually, we think of extracurriculars as a way that you can pursue the things you’re most interested in and build your profile as a college applicant. It is less often that we think of them as a way in which you can pursue and build the skills that you’ll need to be successful in your future career. Though we think of them in this light less frequently, it is no less a valid reason for pursuing certain activities.

    For students who are interested in a career that requires public speaking, or who just want to build public speaking skills to use in other contexts, there are many different extracurriculars to choose from. Some build impromptu speaking skills, while others build rehearsed and even dramatic speaking skills. No matter their exact focus, all build confidence and poise in front of an audience. To learn more about extracurriculars that reinforce and build public speaking skills, keep reading.