Category: Extracurricular Activities

Creative Ways Students Can Get Involved With Online Volunteering Opportunities

Thursday, September 16, 2021

You Can Get Involved and Volunteer Without Leaving Your Living Room

Volunteering is a meaningful opportunity for students to give back to their local communities, expand their horizons, and learn new skills. While some activities may be on hold due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the good news is that there are still plenty of ways to get involved.

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WiseStart™: Exploring Extracurricular Activities in Middle School

Thursday, May 20, 2021
Get a Jumpstart on Exploring Extracurricular Activities with WiseStart™

When reviewing college applications, admissions officers also evaluate what students are doing outside of the classroom, which is why it’s so important to have strong extracurricular commitments throughout high school. Instead of stressing out about finding the right activities during freshmen and sophomore year, students can take advantage of their time in middle school to pursue fields they are passionate about and build a strong foundation for high school.

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The College Applicant Resume

Monday, April 26, 2021
What Does a College Applicant Need to Include in Their Resume?

If you think resumes are only for job applications, it’s time to think again. A resume is an ideal medium to clearly and concisely present what you’ve accomplished throughout your high school career. Consequently, many students choose to include a resume when applying to college or when requesting letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors.

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Just Admit It: What Extracurricular Activities Should I Do?

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Discover How to Choose the Best Extracurricular Activities For You

Most students know that they need high GPAs to be competitive in the college admissions process, but what about extracurricular activities? Although applicants often understand that they should have passions and hobbies, many are a little less clear about what kind of pursuits to prioritize. 

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Why Extracurricular Activities Matter

Monday, November 16, 2020
Understand Why Extracurricular Activities Count and What You Can Do to Stand Out

There’s no denying that extracurricular activities are important: 81% of US universities assign some level of significance to a student’s after-school endeavors when it comes to making admissions decisions. Colleges want to learn about their applicants holistically, including the causes they are passionate about and what they enjoy doing in their free time. 

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How to Give Back Without Leaving Your Living Room

Monday, November 2, 2020
Giving Back While Staying Socially Distant

Although many students are eager to give back and make an impact, volunteering in 2020 poses some significant challenges. With many outreach programs on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some students may be wondering how they can help their community without leaving home. 

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How Tutors Can Help Students with Independent Projects

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Learn How Working with a Tutor Will Level Up Your Independent Projects

By Carrie, IvyWise Master Tutor

When most students think of tutoring, academic support and test preparation are likely the first two things to come to mind. While both are undoubtedly important components of tutoring, students also have the opportunity to receive guidance on independent projects through mentorship.

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5 Ways to Demonstrate Creativity in Your College Apps

Friday, October 9, 2020
Learn How to Emphasize Creativity and Why it Counts

Students who are eager to stand out on their college applications can’t overlook the importance of demonstrating creativity. Based on a recent Adobe study, 95% of admissions decision-makers believe in the value of creative skills. Despite this, only 20% of the same group report that students demonstrate their creativity “very well” on college applications and nearly 70% of students don’t know where to showcase these skills on their college applications.

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IvyWise Live Q&A: Coronavirus and College Admissions

Friday, April 10, 2020

ivywise live counsellorsJoin Our Facebook Live Webinars April 15 & 17 to Learn More About How To Prep for College Admissions Process This Fall

Tune in to IvyWise Live on our Facebook page next week, where College Admissions Experts Christine, Scott, Nat, Zach, and Rachel will discuss how students can prepare for the college admissions process this fall and answer your most pressing college prep questions.

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5 Tips for Pinpointing Meaningful Community Service Activities

Monday, February 24, 2020

meaningful community service activitiesHow to Pick the Right Volunteer Opportunities for Your Goals

Many students add community service to their high school to-do list but struggle to pinpoint where to start. Whether it’s volunteering at a soup kitchen, frequenting a senior citizen center, or coaching youth soccer, there are a variety of different ways for students to make an impact.

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How Students Can Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

AdobeStock_255913176Simple Things Students Can Do to Go Green This Year

Everyone should do their part to protect the planet, and for some students “going green” can also be a valuable opportunity to explore a pressing cause that has become a major focus in the US lately. Recent reports have found that the Earth is warming much faster than previously thought – raising concerns among teens around the globe. A recent survey found that a majority of US teens are worried about climate change and 1 in 4 have participated in some form of activism on the topic of the Earth’s climate. 

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What to Include and What to Leave Off Your Activity List

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

AdobeStock_67396066Learn What to Spotlight on Your College Activity List

When it comes to compiling activity lists for college applications, many students have a tendency to aim for quantity over quality. In reality, it’s far more important for applicants to focus in on pursuits that are truly meaningful to them, even if that means creating a more streamlined list.

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4 Ways to Give Back to Your Community This Summer

Friday, July 26, 2019

4 Ways to Give Back to Your Community This SummerMake a Difference in Your Community By Volunteering This Summer

Volunteer work can be a valuable opportunity for high school students to gain hands-on skills, expand their horizons, and make an impact. Between test prep and summer activities, it may feel challenging to find time in your summer schedule for community service, but most students would agree that it’s well worth the effort.

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7 Podcasts to Listen to During Your Next Trip

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

7 Podcasts to Listen to On Your Next TripTune In to These Radio Shows While Traveling for College Tours

Podcasts can be a great way to spice up your commute to school or pass the time while traveling for college tours. In addition to their entertainment value, many of these popular radio shows are filled with interesting facts and important discussions. 

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How to Make the Most of an After School Job

Friday, March 8, 2019

How to Make the Most of a Part Time JobAfter School Jobs Can Help Students Expand Their Horizons and Build Their Skill Set

Whether it’s bussing tables at a local restaurant or babysitting your neighbor’s kids, after school jobs are an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-life experience while getting a head start on savings.

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6 Tips for Choosing Community Service Activities

Friday, February 1, 2019

6 Tips for Choosing Meaningful Community Service ActivitiesChoose Volunteer Opportunities That Are Meaningful to You

Not only does community service provide you with the opportunity to give back, it may boost your admissions odds. According to a 2018 study by IESD for x2VOL, 58% of admissions officers agree that community service has a positive impact on a prospective student’s application.

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Why Extracurricular Activities Should Be a Priority

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Why Extracurricular Involvement Should Be a PriorityActivities Can Help Students Discover Their Interests and Stand Out When Applying to College

If you think grades and standardized test scores are the only factors that matter to college admissions officers, it is time to think again. While these types of quantitative measures are certainly important, there are a variety of other components that will carry considerable weight on your college applications, including how you spend your time on the weekends and after school.

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What to Leave Off Your College Application Activity List

Thursday, September 20, 2018

What to Leave Off Your College Application Activity ListDon’t “Resume Pad” In Order to Look More Appealing to Admissions Officers

Many college-bound students struggle with what or how much to put on their college application activity list. Often, many students will add a number of extra activities in order to make it look like they’ve done a lot more initiatives in high school, but this resume padding can actually hurt more than it helps. 

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5 Questions to Help College Bound Students Discover Their True Passion

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Female student looking very happy at the universityColleges Want to See Students Actively Pursuing What Truly Interests Them – Not What They Think College Want to See

While grades and test scores are important college application elements that are considered in the admissions process, they are far from the only factors that influence college admissions decisions. In addition to academic excellence, universities are looking for students with demonstrated interests and passions – or specialists. College admissions offices want to admit students who will make an impact on campus by continuing to pursues those passions, but how can you know what truly interests you? 

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5 Extracurricular Activity Ideas for STEM Students

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
IvyWise Live: Engaging in STEM Activities and Projects Virtually

Are you a college-bound student interested in pursuing a STEM degree? Check out the recording of the IvyWise Live webinar Engaging in STEM Activities and Projects Virtually for expert advice from IvyWise college admissions counselors.

Fotolia_103728816_Subscription_Monthly_MThere Are Many Ways That STEM Students Can Explore Their Interests Outside of the Classroom

Extracurricular activities are a great way for students to explore their interests, develop a specialty, and eventually stand out when it comes time to apply to college. For STEM students, finding extracurricular initiatives that match their interests can sometimes be difficult, but there are actually a lot of opportunities out there that allow STEM students to get involved and make an impact.

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Extracurricular Activities for Freshmen and Sophomores

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

extracurricular activity resourcesAre You Participating In Meaningful Extracurricular Activities?

Colleges want to see what students are doing outside of the classroom, so high school students should seek out extracurricular opportunities that they’re passionate about and match their interests. For high school freshmen and sophomores, it can be hard to figure out exactly what their interests are and the activities that best suit those passions. Luckily, there are a number of resources for high school freshmen and sophomores to help them identify their core interests and find activities that support them.

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Community Service Tips for Freshmen and Sophomores

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Community Service Ideas for UnderclassmenFind Volunteer Activities That Align With Your Interests By Getting Creative

We talk a lot about what colleges and universities are looking for when evaluating applications. Grades, courses, and test scores are very important, but so are the less quantifiable elements, like activities and essays. One thing many students overlook when preparing for the admissions process is community service. Just like with other extracurricular activities, colleges want to see students participating in impactful volunteer opportunities – finding a way to give back and enhance their local community. So how do students find the right community service activities for them?

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Community Service During the Holidays

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
IvyWise UberSLEIGH Toy DriveCreative Ways to Give Back and Get Involved This Holiday Season

Regardless of denomination, the holiday season is a time for joy, laughter, family, friends, and food. But for those in need, the holiday season can be a difficult time of year.

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How to Start Your Own Student Club

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Starting Your Own Student ClubCan’t Find it? Found it!

Extracurricular activities are a portion of your applicant profile that admissions officers are always curious to learn about. Getting involved in clubs and projects, both inside and outside of school, allows students to explore and develop interests that they may want to pursue in college and beyond.

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Tips For Students Interested In STEM Programs

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Suggestions For STEM StudentsFoster Your STEM Interest By Getting Involved

It’s no secret that science, technology, engineering, and math jobs are the way of the future. STEM jobs are expected to grow almost 2 times as fast as other occupations, yet some people believe that it has become harder to foster an interest in STEM in high school students today.

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The Value of Community Service in Your College Application

Monday, October 1, 2012
community serviceGiving Back is Just as Important as Getting In

When discussing the different elements of a college application, we often bring up the significance of the “brag sheet.” At IvyWise, we can’t stress enough how important a complete and comprehensive brag sheet is to the admissions process. Your brag sheet lists all of your extracurriculars, employment, summer experiences, honors, awards, interests, hobbies, and, very notably, community service.

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College Application Resume and Activity List

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Creating and Updating Your Activity List/Resume

ResumeWhen it comes to your college applications, you will likely need to submit a resume or activity list. Colleges are not admitting facts and figures, they want living, breathing human beings with likes and dislikes, passions and aversions. What Dr. Kat calls your “soft factors,” your essays, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular involvement, will tell an admissions committee what kind of person you are. From the quality and duration of your participation in certain activities, a college admissions officer will gain a more in-depth understanding of your personality and character.

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Summer Programs for High School Students

Friday, February 10, 2012

Planning a Productive Summer

Summer ProgramsWhen it comes to the college admissions process, it is imperative to show how you have developed your interests throughout your time in high school. College admissions committees want to see how you have made an impact in clubs and activities during the school year, but also during the summer. While it may be tempting to sit around all summer working on your tan, boards of admissions specifically look to see that you have remained productive during your time away from school. Summer presents many opportunities for students to further develop their interests and goals —travel to a foreign country, continue training in your favorite sport, make up a class or gain extra credits in summer school, start a business, get an internship, or join a community service organization.

Though summer may seem far away, the applications for many popular programs are due soon. Some of these applications can be as complex as a college application, requiring essays, letters of recommendation, and even test scores, so you will need to get started soon! Dr. Kat and the team of counselors at IvyWise, have come up with the following

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