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Examples of Extracurricular Activities to Boost Your Application

Published: March 2, 2017

Examples of Extracurricular Activities


Extracurriculars refers to all activities that take place outside the classroom. By looking at CVs, universities are able to assess how driven their applicants are, and whether they’ve made conscious steps to further their learning and knowledge around their subject of interest. It is therefore important to carefully think about extracurricular activities in your application.
Below we give you some examples of extracurricular activities and non-school related merits that will strengthen your application:


• Involve yourself with the Yearbook team at your high school. This editorial experience can serve as a great merit.

• Many charity organizations are looking for volunteers. Help them raise money for their causes!

• Involve yourself in your school’s student council. This will give you invaluable leadership experience and look really good on your CV.

• Look for possibilities of exchange semesters or language learning trips in high school. Organizations like Rotary and EF, among many other, organize these types of learning trips.

• Play sports. Become part of a team, or compete for yourself. Run a marathon or win a Ping-Pong tournament.

• Start your own business.

• Find relevant competitions, camps, meetups, conferences and events relating to your subject of interest. Examples are The Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Apply for a chance to take part.

• Get a part-time or summer job that is relevant to your interest (ex. Tourist guide, tutor, caretaker, salesperson).

• Ask (find on Linkedin or via contacts) industry people who can give you insight into an industry, contacts and suggestions on suitable literature and possibly even internships.

• Immerse yourself in your interests by reading books, magazines, blogs and websites that are NOT part of your course plan. This will give you new ideas.

• Try to get an internship/trainee position relating to your academic field of interest.

• Professors at universities are usually reachable and enjoy being approached by enthusiastic high school students. Sit in on one of their university lectures, read their research or ask them for internship opportunities.

• Reach out to parents or family friends who work at companies or organizations that are relevant to your area of interest. They may be able to unlock opportunities for you.

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