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Making High School Meaningful: Part Four

Leadership is more important than membership.

This is related to the previous topic. When students apply to colleges and universities, we see their activities sheet—their résumé. There is also a section on the Common Application where students list their extracurricular involvement. Students attempt to demonstrate their engagement in their school and home community, as well as communities where they may have traveled. (Summer camp or visiting relatives overseas come to mind.) Special skills might also be listed, such as speaking a second language or being able to build websites. I’ve already mentioned that students attempt to spread themselves across various types of activities, and they do this at the membership level. But colleges and universities are looking for future leaders. Your leadership is demonstrated by being named (for instance) treasurer, secretary, president, vice president, editor, captain, or Eagle Scout, or receiving a Silver Award. Employee of the month counts, too! While it’s important to be a member of a club, organization, or athletic team, it’s even better to be in a leadership position. Remember this simple mantra: “Leadership equals scholarship.” And as the cost of attending college increases, it’s important that you engage in activities that will increase your chances of securing scholarship money.

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