Nishe’ started high school last year. So now conversations in the house have changed to what she wants to do after high school and how we are going to get her there. Now she has great grades and now we are venturing into AP classes. We are also having the conversation about how extracurricular activities are almost a requirement to get into a good college. We are trying to find the right extracurricular activity for her. One that she is interested in and puts her on the path she wants to be on for her career. I was telling her that having good grades is great but now colleges are looking for kids to have that extra something that inspires them to let a student into their college. We are finding that doing something besides studying is almost a requirement to get into college now a days. It is important to find the right one that suits your child and the career that they want to have in the future. I did some research and here is what I found about what a college is looking for to get your child in college besides good grades:
- Volunteer work- Colleges are looking for students who help in their community like work in homeless shelters, animal shelters, or cleaning in their community. Here in Georgia it is now a requirement that students get at least 80 hours of volunteer work in order to graduate.
- They are looking for students with good leadership qualities. So if your child joins band, girl/boy scouts, JROTC, or any sports and have a leader role that will look great for your child
- Focus on a career. Students who take the initiative to find ways to get themselves on their career path. Like getting a internship in a position that they are interested in.
- Get a job. If a student gets a job it shows that they are starting a path to independence.
- Enter contests.
- Take the SAT and the ACT.