When it comes to building your profile for studying abroad, the academic achievements and grades do not fully represent your abilities and skills. Thus, the extracurricular activities serve as an effective way that shows the admission committee who you are and what social issues you interested in.
The following benefits will help you understand better what the extracurricular activities can bring to you as a high school student.
Decide your future goals
By participating in extracurricular activities/social projects, students are provided opportunities for self-discovery – identifying interests and passions – thereby broadening their worldview and developing themselves into a better version of themselves. In addition, this is also an opportunity for students to start thinking about their future career orientation.
Make new friends
One of the easiest ways to make friends is through extracurricular activities! Each extracurricular activity you participate provides you with another opportunity to expand your network. In addition, if you make friends and get close to people in your extracurricular activities, you will feel more connected to the project/activity you participate in.
Develop necessary skills for your future
One of the most beneficial features that extracurricular activities bring is the development of skills you need to become a global citizen.
Those skills include but not limited to:
- Goal setting.
- Group working
- Time managing
- Critical thinking
- Public speaking
The more effort a student puts in with a social project/extra-curricular activity, the more of these skills will be improved. Extracurricular activities will gradually teach you skills that you can use for the rest of your life
Make your profile outstanding
It is very difficult to get into any university in the US without the extracurricular experience. Colleges want to see that you care about many other aspects beyond your studies and how you have made an impact on society. In fact, the extra-curricular/social project and leadership ability assessed for more than 30% of your admission consideration
NOTE: American universities want to see very specific things from your extracurricular activities. Make sure activities meet the following criteria to increase your chances of participating:
- Retention and Engagement: Students should stick with one type of activity rather than taking on a new activity each week and dropping one every other week.
- Passion: Students really care about their extracurricular activities and do not participate just to have enough extracurricular activities in the application.
- Leadership skills: Students actively become leaders in their activities/projects.
Extracurricular activities at the St. Nicholas School
Extracurricular activities at St. Nicholas School (SNS) is an inseparable part of the international academic program.
Besides the picnic activities held every month to improve life skills and survival skills, SNS students are always encouraged to develop their talents and passions through Team Clubs. At SNS, students can easily choose and join clubs that match their interests and talents such as: Musical Club, Arts & Crafts Club, Singing & Instrument Club, Yoga Club, STEM Club, Astronomy Club, Presentation Club,… The school’s clubs are not only a healthy and useful playground, but also a place to nurture future talents.
Building a personal social project is an opportunity for SNS students to develop their own strengths and leadership skills, while support and help the community to make it better off. This is also one of the aspects that the admission committees of universities highly appreciate when considering scholarships in addition to academic achievements. Volunteering and community service activities are also integrated by the school to educate students to become responsible as a responsible citizens.