How important are extracurriculars to grad school?
In high school, extracurricular clubs and activities are a big part of college applications. When applying for grad school, is this the same way? Or do grad schools just look for consistently high grades?
Graduate admission committees will likely focus on your academic record, personal statement, recommendation letters, test scores, and resume/CV. Don't hesitate to include a few key extracurriculars on your resume/C.V. Know what's even better? Being able to connect these activities to your proposed graduate studies! For example, I have a colleague who earned a doctorate in marine ecology. As an undergraduate, she volunteered most weekends at a city aquarium where she amassed a wealth of information. This multi-year volunteer commitment demonstrated a serious interest in marine ecology. It also helped inform her proposed doctoral research. I hope you find this information helpful.
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It depends on what they are looking for. When I applied to graduate school there were prerequisites that I needed along with community service hours and a portion where they asked me to talk about extracurricular that I participated in. Therefore it was important to the program I was applying to. I would reach out to the admission office at the graduate schools you want to apply to and ask questions.