Your teenager has probably participated in a multitude of activities in his lifetime. Karate, kiddy yoga, Lego art. Maybe he won an award for best Show-and-Tell.
All of that is probably just a faint memory, and that’s OK, of course. But now that high school’s here, your teen needs to start tracking the things he does outside of normal high school classes.
Extracurricular activities, awards and honors matter for college applications.
College admissions officers want to learn about your teen’s high school activities, awards and accolades in order to 1) know that your kid isn’t a slacker, and 2) to better understand what sets him apart from other applicants.
Your teen will be asked to list these on the college application.
Check out Impressing Colleges with Extracurricular Activities for detailed information about what those admissions officers will be looking for.
But…does your teen have these activities and events recorded somewhere?
Don’t wait until the fall of senior year to count on your teen’s memory to function properly. It won’t, and neither will yours. Applications are ridiculously long, and completing them is stressful.
So, let’s get on this. Right now.
Your teenager will need to have a record of the following for each activity or award:
- Name of activity (or award or honor)
- Date of participation (or date earned)
- Name of the organizer, company or overseer
- Info to briefly detail the event
It’s time to get organized.
It’ll be tough to record things if your teen doesn’t have an efficient process for tracking activities and awards.
Download and print the Extracurricular Activities Tracker & Ideas List in order to record activities and honors as they occur. Keep this in a binder that’s used solely for your teenager’s college planning as he moves through high school.
And bonus: This download provides your teen with some great ideas for activities to consider participating in to strengthen that application!