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Is FBLA good on college apps?

FBLA is a relatively smaller club at my school, and I've done fairly well in it, and it seems a bit easier than another club like, say, Speech and Debate. Does it have the same weight and gravity as other clubs on college apps?

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Thank you comment icon Yes,FBLA is good,and it can provide scholarships.But remember to be really active in the club ,whether through volunteering or acquiring leadership positions.Make sure you immerse yourself in the activities. Arantza

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nancy’s Answer

It depends on: what college you're applying to, and what you've gained from being part of the club. Unfortunately, some schools may equate more reputable clubs to more significant experience. However, even if you were in speech and debate, if you learned nothing, then it doesn't weigh anything. Therefore, on your application, focus on what you got out of your time being part of the club. Leadership? Time management skills? Colleges mainly want to see how these experiences have shaped you and set you up for success in university. Hope this helps!
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Ashley’s Answer

Hi Derek! I too did FBLA in school. I think the most important part about any club is that you can show how you used the club to help develop yourself and make a difference.


Time Magazine wrote that for clubs and activities the most important things are:


“-Passionate involvement in a few in- or out-of-school activities. Commitment and depth are valued over minimal involvement in a large number of activities.”


-Demonstrated leadership and initiative in extracurricular activities. Students who arrive on campus prepared to lead clubs and activities are highly desirable.”


http://time.com/money/4133415/what-colleges-want-in-your-application/


For example, did you initiate a community service project your club could participate in, or bring a new activity to your club?(Maybe start a reading list of books about leadership, business skills, public speaking etc and start a book club. Or maybe start a monthly career day where a local small business owner could come talk to your club about how they started and run their business).


And lastly what skills did you learn and how did you grow? Was there something that you weren’t so good at before that you focused on in your club and got better at?


Best of luck!!

Ashley recommends the following next steps:

Find a skill that you want to learn and use your club to develop it.
Find something new to start in your club that can help and teach other members.
Find a way your club could help others.
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