Boston Prep extracurricular programming

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Participating in clubs and quality summer enrichments can help you in the college application process. Getting involved allows you to learn about and explore your own interests while also bettering your community and building your resume.

What you do outside the classroom reveals a lot about you. That’s why some applications ask for details about extracurricular activities. But remember, it’s not the number of activities that’s important. Admission officers want to know what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown from participating in these activities.

Your summer experiences provide insight into your character. And holding a summer job as a camp counselor can build as much character as attending a prestigious summer learning program. It's all about what you’ve gained, what you’ve learned and how you communicate that.

character counts

College admission officers take into account more than your GPA and test scores. Your character and the personal qualities you can bring to a college are important too.

To gauge what students can bring to their campus, they look for these types of qualities:

  • Leadership
  • A willingness to take risks
  • Initiative
  • A sense of social responsibility
  • A commitment to service
  • Special talents or abilities

Overall, colleges want a mix of students to create a rich campus community. They want the class valedictorians, says Marty O’Connell, executive director of Colleges That Change Lives. But they also are looking for “students who are going to be involved in a lot of activities and students who are musicians and students who are athletes and everything in between.”