Encourage involvement in extracurricular activities, volunteering, and internships or other work experiences.

   Nearly all students who apply to colleges have been active in clubs, teams or performance groups in high school. Most students have volunteer and/or work experience as well. Since participation in extracurricular, volunteer and professional activities is expected of college applicants, a student's record of involvement does not play as large a role in college admission as many parents think. However, a student's activities are often examined later in competition for scholarships.

   To stand out in scholarship interviews, your student needs to build the skills that extracurricular, volunteer and professional activities teach. With limited funds to award, admission counselors at selective colleges look for students who possess skills that ensure college success both inside and outside of the classroom.

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