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How to Start a Club in High School: 8-Step Guide

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 18, 2015 8:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Do you want to start a club at your high school? If your school doesn’t offer a particular club or group that you’re interested in, starting your own is a great way to meet new people and spend time doing something you enjoy. You'll also get leadership experience that can help strengthen your resume and college applications.

Read on to get step-by-step instructions on how to start a high school club.

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Boston University Summer Challenge: Should You Go?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 12, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

In this guide, I'll be discussing the Boston University Summer Challenge, a summer program for high school students at Boston University. During the program, students take non-credit college-level courses, live on campus, and explore all that BU and Boston have to offer.

While you can read about this program on the BU Summer Challenge website, the information available is somewhat spotty and what is there can be difficult to dissect. For this reason, I spoke to the program coordinators and gathered everything you need to know about the program into this easy-to-read guide. I’ve created a Table of Contents so you can find the specific info you need, but I suggest reading the entire article in order:

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How to Create Successful Community Service Projects

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Dec 11, 2015 6:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Have you considered doing some community service work during high school but can't find anything that fits your interests?

Do you want to have more ownership over what kind of service work you do? If so, then making your own community service project may be the right idea for you.

Read on for a step-by-step guide that will tell you everything you need to know to complete a successful community service project.

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What Is Emory Pre-College Program? Should You Apply?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Dec 11, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

In this guide, I'll be discussing the Emory Pre-College Program, a summer program for high school students located at Emory University. The program allows students to take college-level classes (either for credit or non-credit) while living on campus at Emory or commuting. There are several subprograms under the Emory Pre-College Program (EPCP) umbrella, and while you can read all about it on the program website, some information can be difficult to track down.

For this reason, I’ve gathered all the necessary program information (details about the program, application information, cost, and more) and put it into this easy-to-read guide. I’ve created a Table of Contents so you can find each section if you’re only interested in a specific topic; however, I recommend reading the entire guide. Please note that this information is up to date for the Summer 2016 program, but program details may change for following years. 

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The National Youth Leadership Forum: Should You Go?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 11, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Have you heard of the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF)?  Perhaps you’ve heard that attending the NYLF is a great way to improve your chances of getting into top colleges, and you’re wondering if that’s true or not. Spoiler: If you're considering NYLF because you think it's prestigious, you'd be dead wrong. Keep reading to find out why.

This guide will explain what NYLF is, what its benefits and drawbacks are, and how you can decide whether or not you should participate in it.

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The 3 Best Extracurricular Activities for Your College App

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Dec 11, 2015 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, Extracurriculars

As you know, extracurricular activities are an important part of your college application. The things that you choose to do outside of the classroom help college admission officers understand your personality in a way that your grades and test scores can’t show.

With so many activities to choose from, how do you know which ones are going to make the biggest impact on your application? Do colleges prefer students with traditional activities like sports and student council, or are you better off if you have something unconventional on your activity list?

If you're unsure about how to strategize a list of activities that will make an impact on your application, read on to see the three best extracurricular activities that will really get you noticed.

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What Is Model UN? 4 Reasons to Join

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 10, 2015 8:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Are you interested in politics or international relations and looking for a club that lets you do you hands-on activities? Have you heard of Model UN but aren’t sure exactly what it is?

Read this guide to learn everything you need to know about what Model UN is, what participants in it do, and how to decide if it’s the right extracurricular for you to join.

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How Many Volunteer Hours Do You Need for College?

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Dec 10, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Community service is one of the most popular extracurricular activities for high school students to do in their free time.

There are hundreds of different ways that high school students can get involved in their communities. There is really something out there for everyone, no matter what your personal interests are!

Admissions officers also love to see community service on college applications. Having community service experience means that you're passionate about making a difference in the world and are ready to take action and be involved.

But how many community service hours for college do you actually need in order to make sure your contribution is “good enough” for admissions officers? Is there a certain number of hours that you need for different schools?

Read on to find out!

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How to Join Your High School Newspaper: 5 Great Benefits

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 5, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Are you interested in joining your high school newspaper? Many high schools have a school paper to give students an opportunity to hone their writing skills and keep students, staff, and teachers updated on school and community news.

Participating in your high school newspaper is a great way to improve your writing skills, learn more about journalism, and develop pieces you can include in your portfolio or resume. Read on to learn all you'll need to know about how to join your school newspaper, what work you’ll be doing, and how it will benefit you.

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Complete Guide to Internships for High School Students

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 4, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Are you a high school student interested in getting an internship?  Internships are a great way to learn about different careers, as well as get experience that you can include on your resume and college applications. 

Read on to learn what the benefits of internships are, what work you’ll be doing, and how to find a great internship for you.

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Should You Participate in the National Student Leadership Conference?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Dec 4, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Have you heard of the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC)?  Maybe you’ve heard that participating in NSLC is a great way to impress colleges, and you’re wondering if that’s true. Spoiler: If you're considering NSLC because you think it's prestigious, you'd be dead wrong. Keep reading to learn why.

This guide will go over exactly what NSLC is, what its potential benefits and drawbacks are, and how you can decide if you should participate in one of its programs.

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423 Amazing Community Service Ideas

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Dec 3, 2015 5:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars


Volunteering is a great way to fulfill community service requirements for school, strengthen your resume, and give back to your community.

However, some students have difficulties finding a volunteer opportunity that they are excited about.

Need some inspiration to do good deeds? Read on for a list of over 400 community service ideas for teens.

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How Many Extracurricular Activities Do You Need?

Posted by Mary Ann Barge | Dec 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, Extracurriculars

You’ve been working hard in high school to get good grades and test scores, but there’s another part of the college application that many students find more confusing: the extracurricular activity section.

How many extracurricular activities do you need for college applications? How many are too many? Will you get rejected from a school if you don’t have the right amount?

Many students who have participated in activities throughout high school are shocked to look at the Common App and realize there are ten spaces to fill out. Does that mean you have to be involved in ten different activities?

In this article I will tell you:

  • The important things colleges need to see in your extracurriculars
  • The ideal amount of extracurricular activities
  • The minimum amount of extracurriculars you can have
  • What to do if you have no extracurriculars
  • What to do if you have too many extracurriculars

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Complete Guide: Job Shadowing for High School Students

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 11, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Extracurriculars

Are you thinking about future careers and wondering what different jobs are like? There are many job shadowing opportunities for high school students, and they're a great way to observe different jobs and help you decide which careers would be best for you.

Read this guide to learn about job shadowing for high school students, how you can find great job shadowing opportunities, and tips for making the most of your job shadow experience.

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Should You Really Study Abroad in High School?

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Nov 10, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Extracurriculars

Are you interested in improving your language skills, traveling, or experiencing new cultures while in high school? Study abroad programs are growing in popularity among high school students, and they are a great way to gain new skills and meet new people, although they can also be expensive and challenging if you aren't properly prepared.

Read on to learn what a high school study abroad program is, what the benefits and drawbacks are, and whether or not you should participate in one.

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