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Can achievements outside of school affect your chances of getting into college?

If I partake in programs and achieve great efforts, will it impact my chances of getting into college? Or is it a non-measurable factor that varies based on the college and its adminastarors? #school #college


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Jessica’s Answer

Hi Andrew,

I would definitely say achievements outside of school can strengthen your chances of getting into college. Schools want to see that you are well-rounded and take an interest in engaging with your community. Whether it's becoming an Eagle Scout, volunteering with the Red Cross, or starting a small side business, colleges want to know about what you're able to accomplish both inside and outside the classroom. They want to see instances of you being a leader and a do-er.

Hope this helps!

Jess

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Jennifer’s Answer

I think it would help your chances with college actually! Having outside achievements is impressive, as it shows you are taking initiative outside of just school and that you are being productive with your time.

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Simeon’s Answer

Being in groups is a great addition to resumes/applications, but I wouldn't bend myself over backward to get into as many of them as possible. They're helpful for networking and applying for scholarships as well. I'd recommend only joining a group if you genuinely have an interest in what they do. Once you get into college and get the scholarships set up, there isn't a lot of utility in keeping the same groups going forward. The groups that are more helpful once you are in college are going to be more professional and networking type groups.

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Abigail’s Answer

Yes, achievements outside of school are equally as important as in! Colleges love to see applicants that are well-rounded. That means not only academically successful with grades, but also has a strong work ethic outside of school whether it be with a part-time job, volunteering, community or church activities, etc. The more things you get involved in, the more talking points you may have for an application and personal statement. Colleges want to see that you have developed skills and traits in all facets of life, like leadership and service to others, so that you are most prepared for all that comes with the next stage of college life. So get involved and stay busy! Best of luck!

Abigail recommends the following next steps:

Search the internet for volunteer opportunities in your community.
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Join a sports team, church choir, or other group in the community.
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If possible, apply for a part-time job that doesn’t interfere with school.
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