Extra-curricular school activities are extremely important when it comes to college applications. Everything from National Honor Society and Student Council to Spanish Club or being involved in sports are great school activities.
If several have the same GPA and ACT scores, colleges will look for something to set the applicants apart from the others.
Volunteering in the community also is something all students should do. This can include animal rescue, shelving books at the library, nursing homes, Habitat for Humanity, food kitchens, etc., and are all ways to volunteer.
Some high schools even offer a cord to wear at graduation for the student’s efforts. A website we found is coyotecommunications.com/stuff/teenvolunteers.
Be aware that some organizations want volunteers to be at least 18 for liability purposes. Even getting a signed letter from a neighbor saying they were helped with lawn work or painting, for example, would be a way to validate the number of volunteer (non-paid) hours.
Our kids will say differently, but there really are enough hours in a day to get it all done.
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