Aim Your Activities at Your Future

College admissions officials look for students who are savvy enough to select after-school/summer activities that reflect responsibility, dedication, and commitment to personal areas of interest.

Colleges want to admit students who are mature, responsible and who exhibit those traits long before the final semester in senior year.  They want responsible students who will dedicate and commit to success in college. So they look for behaviors in applicant records.

The students colleges want students who routinely — maybe even inadvertently — send signals to any thoughtful adult that indicate they are smart enough to know that their time to prepare for their role as future workers is limited and they are determined to make every minute of that time count.

That kind of maturity and discipline is of great interest to colleges and business alike.

That means that students who want to go into the business of sports management should sign up to play on every sports team their school has to offer and for which they qualify.

But if a students’s goal is to be an accountant, being a star volleyball player would not align with that future. So if that student wants to play volleyball, he or she should also join the Future Business Leaders Club. That would be more in line with future goals.

For students who might want to become a veterinarian, excellent grades in Science and volunteering at the local animal shelter would indicate a mature thinker.