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Picking the Right Extracurricular Activities
Back to school means back to extracurricular activities, too.  There's a lot to choose from, so here are a few tips for picking the right extracurricular activities for you:
  • Ask your friends what they are involved in—They could give you an idea about if you would like it.
  • Check in with your parents—can they support the time (and sometimes added expenses) associated with a particular activity or club?
  • Check with the office or guidance counselor—They often have a listing and schedule of clubs, sports, and activities.
  • Ask your teachers—many teachers also sponsor groups.
  • See if you can form your own club—If you are interested in a topic that is not offered, see what it takes to form your own club.
  • Contact the club president or leader—They can give you more information.
  • Ask an older sibling—If you are the oldest, ask one of your friend's brothers or sisters.
  • Join something related to your intended college major or a job you'd like to have—drama and business are good examples of clubs that let you "check out" your future in advance.
  • Choose something related to one of your strengths—If you enjoy public speaking, try out the debate team.  Like music?  Join the band. 
  • Serve others—Many extracurricular activities are service-oriented. These look great on college applications and résumés.
  • Try it!

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