Importance of Extracurricular activities:
As early decision and regular decision application are coming close, I want to write this note about extracurricular activities. As I'm seeing below some people worry that they don't have as "impressive" extracurricular as compared to their peers. 2 things I want to make it clear at first:
- if you're senior and already applying to colleges, THERE IS NO POINT of worrying or stressing about it right now. Honestly, what can you do right now? The only thing you can do is be honest and optimistic, and list down all the extracurricular that you've done. PERIOD.
- if you are junior or below grade, you better start thinking about the type of activities that'd make your application look standout. Now here is the tricky part. Those activities don't necessarily have to be founding a club or going to Mexico to work on international internship. It could be as simple as being a captain team of your soccer club or working in starbucks to support your family financially. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't stretch your limits and try to go beyond what you've done right now. Don't compare yourself to others. DON'T COMPETE WITH OTHERS. "COMPETE WITH YOURSELF". I'm quoting one of my favorite speakers, Simon Sinek here. What he means by this beautiful phrase is that, try to outdo yourself incrementally. In your context, find out the clubs that you really have passion to participate in and put an effort to rise up to leadership positions, if you can. If you're a team member in a club this year, compete with yourself and try to become a organizer or coordinator or even co-chair of that club next year.
Last thing, "which clubs you wanna attend for college" should be phrased as "what do you have passion for". Of course, you might not have passion for every club you attend but make sure that what you put effort comes at least interesting to you. Don't think about college, think about your interests.
Hope that clears things up and good luck in your applications.
Let me know below the comments section, if you have any particular questions.