Resume-boosting: Don't do this!
Resume-boosting: Don't do this!

A lot of students and parents alike ask me this ONE question when it comes to preparing for college applications:

"Should I add another extracurricular activity, even though I'm already doing band, cross-country, dance, etc. and I possibly can't fit anymore in my schedule?

"Should my child take an internship during their summer that is aligned to what they want to major in college, because what they're doing now is nothing related to what they want to study in college...?"

I need to say this:

You don't need to do anymore than what you are already doing, if you don't want to.

It's so easy to get caught up with how many activities you are doing, how many volunteer events you go to, how you look competitively against other applicants, etc. However, I want to let you in on a secret.

The reason colleges want to see your extracurriculars is because schools want to see what skills you have learned through those experiences.

It's not about which activity looks better than another, which one is more prominent than other. It's about what you have learned through that experience, what skills you have gained from it, and how well you can articulate your experience into proving its value.

At the end of the day, It's better to have done one activity over the course of high school and to be able to explain why it means so much to you and the person that you have become because of that experience, than to have done several activities that didn't leave you with any significant lesson/skills.

Comment below, do you agree or disagree? Is it quality over quantity when it comes to resumes?