extracurricular activities

extracurricular activities

How to Apply for a College Scholarship

How to Apply for a College Scholarship

College isn’t getting any cheaper. So, wouldn’t it be great if you could have some – or all – of your school costs paid by someone else? College scholarships aren’t just handed out to anyone. They’re reserved for a special few. If you think you will pass muster, you need to know the best ways to apply, so you can take part in higher learning on someone else’s dime.

Look Early, Look Often – You should take the carpet bomb approach to your scholarship search. Start the search early, and don’t leave any stone unturned. Doing so will give you the ability to investigate as many opportunities as possible, and avoid missing early deadlines. That said, you don’t want to apply for every scholarship you find. There are only so many hours in the day, and a finite amount of scholarships that fit your profile. Read the rest of this entry »



How to Get into the College of Your Choice

How to Get into the College of Your Choice

The advantages to a college education are obvious and well documented. But if you need more convincing regarding its value, in 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that adults with a bachelor’s degree earned over $20,000 more annually than adults with only a high school diploma. If you’ve decided that college is for you, how do you get into the one you want? Here are five tips that will help you secure your future by getting into the college of your choice.

1. Try working closely with your high school guidance counselor. Your counselor can do a number of things to help optimize your chances of getting into the college of your choice. First, they can help advise you on which classes you should take while still in high school. They can also help you with college options, and even your overall strategy for success. It’s also great that they can write recommendations and communicate with colleges about your applications. Read the rest of this entry »



How to Prepare for College During High School

How to Prepare for College During High School

Moving on to college after high school is one of the biggest changes in a student’s life. So it’s never too early to prepare for it, even if you’re just a freshman in high school. graduate

The early bird gets the worm, and the school of your choice. Don’t wait until your senior year to get the ball rolling. Research prospective schools, their entrance tests, and financial aid options sooner than later.

Plan to visit college campuses to get a feel for your options. Start with colleges near you. And even if you’re interested in schools that aren’t in your backyard, you can check a campus through cyberspace. Visit the websites of schools that you’re interested in. You can also attend college fairs to meet admission representatives and obtain course catalogs. It’s a great way to speak face-to-face with the people who know best. But if at all possible, visit campuses in person to get a firsthand experience of the schools’ culture. Read the rest of this entry »



Balancing School and Extra Curricular Activities

Having such a busy school schedule such as mine, many find it hard to balance school work and time to fit other activities into their busy schedule. While many claim (who have much less to do school wise) they have no time for extra curricular activities, I know many students (especially IB) who are fairly involved in their communities and organizations outside of school.

Those who say that they cannot find any activities to do probably aren’t searching hard enough or in the right places! Many schools have bulletin boards that display certain organizations or communities that need some sort of volunteer work done, and these boards (especially for IB students since we have to get a certain amount of community service hours) can be very helpful in providing a variety of service opportunities for all students.

Another great way to get involved is through an organization such as the United Way. I am in a student-based group called YOUnited Teens that meets once monthly, and provides different volunteer activities and ways to meet other students/youth in your area! It’s a great group because while you are helping others out, you also get to have a great time with people who are your age.

Of course, extra curricular activities may not only include volunteer work. It can also include scouts, youth group, sports, or a variety of other activities that keep you busy outside of school and make you a well-rounded individual, someone who doesn’t spend their free time stuck at home or with their nose always in their school work!

college admissionsInspiration for this blog comes from a book that all the IB Juniors at my school had to read this past spring titled “Winning the Heart of the College Admissions Dean” by Joyce Slayton Mitchell. In her book, Mitchell discusses how colleges look for students who are diverse, or in other words, students that do a variety of activities, not just one or two things. Showing that not only does your acceptance depend on numbers, but also the ability for you to fit into the community, and colleges can tell whether or not you will fit in by your extra curricular activities.

So, if you are afraid of the numbers, then get involved! There are many different ways to get involved and adding volunteer work and other activities will make a resume look even better to a college admissions dean!





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