Do colleges look for involvement with sports and organizations?
I participate in cheerleading, track and field, fellowship of christian atheles, younglife, and multiple volunteering programs. Are colleges interested in students tha can balance these things and maintaining a good GPA. Basically, what impact does extra-curriculars bring to the college world.
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This is a great question. I was a student athlete myself when I went to college. I was part of the track and field team. However, I normally treat academics and sports as two different areas while going to college as professors do not give you a pass because you are part of a sport team. It can definitely be a factor when searching for internships etc as when you are a student athlete and have a high GPA that sometimes tells the story that you are 1. Organize 2. Goal Getter 3. Able to multiple task well etc.
Since I have been a student athlete since I was 9 years old, from that perspective I definitely think it assisted me in alot of situations whether it was easy for me to be a mentor to others, having people look up to me definitely gave me the drive to be the best person I can be and also assisted me throughout my college years by being organize, goal driven and able to multiple task well.
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Something that is missing in your array of activities are activities relating to careers. By becoming involved in some sort of career related activity, you will show a focus to colleges that will allow them to see that you are organized and aligned with a goal. Such activities might include shadowing, interning, volunteering, or part time jobs in a career related area. This will not only show direction, but it will allow you to see the inside view of a career area and find out how you might relate to it on a personal involvement level.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
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This is not the defining factor for colleges to make their decision but being involved with sports, groups, organizations and volunteering can separate you from your peers. Grades are always important but being active and showing the colleges that you can maintain a high GPA is very impressive. Hope this helps you out.