Besides good academic achievements, many students – those who aim or are preparing to study abroad – are also concerned about their extracurricular activities. How essential and important is this criterion within your profile?
Extracurriculars are representative of a student’s set of soft skills. To an extent, it reflects said student’s personality, passion, and social skills within the surrounding environment. And especially for those who are aiming to study abroad, extracurriculars can play an important role in consideration for scholarships.
1. Extracurricular activities help improve soft skills
In a society that promotes one’s ability to make connections, soft skills are imperative for the development and growth of an individual’s life and work.
In addition to transforming your plans into action, you also have to immerse yourself in various experiences in order to discover, nurture and improve your soft skills. In particular, for those preparing to study abroad, integration into an environment and a new life requires much flexibility and adaptation. Participation in extracurricular activities will help equip you with the ability to be confident, persistent and relentless.
Skills such as leadership, teamwork, time management, problem solving, communication … cannot be learned through books like other types of knowledge, but require regular practice in order to improve. Participating in extracurricular activities is a great means for students to do that. With it, you will discover more about yourself, knowing more about your strengths and weaknesses.
2. Participate to improve yourself
Letting yourself experience different environments through participating in extracurricular activities is a good way to improve yourself. You may come across unfamiliar tasks that you have never done before, which in turn, can actually help you explore your strengths and passions. Either way, participating and actively involving yourself in the community will almost definitely help you grow and expand your knowledge.
Participating in extracurricular activities play a major role in identifying your future career paths. It also helps you learn more about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses. For example, if you are a shy person and rarely raise your hand during class discussions, you will have to step out of your comfort zone and meaningfully contribute to the team when doing extracurriculars. Going through those things can help you build more confidence, be more sociable, and be more adaptive to any new environment.
3. Extracurricular activities: improving your CV and impressing the Admissions Committee
If you are preparing for your scholarship and have been actively involved in extracurricular activities throughout your studies, then pat yourself on the back – you have something that may leave a very good impression on the admissions committee. Participation in extracurriculars is what makes a participant admissible and another not, especially so in the case when both have similar academic records.
Universities world-wide highly regard and appreciate students’ active social involvement. Soft skills or talents (playing instruments, painting, sports,..) are all extremely valuable and will gain applicants points in the eye of the admission officer. This is because participation in these activities likely indicates an advanced level of soft-skills, unique personalities, and high sociability. Academically-inclined students also need these sets of characteristics in order to stand out during the admission process.
Adaptability and flexibility is crucial to start a new life in an unfamiliar environment abroad. In order to best prepare oneself for your study abroad, students need to constantly train and improve these skills. Extracurricular activities help them do this, at the same time adding to their growth, confidence, and development.
Understanding the importance of extracurricular activities in the application evaluation process of top universities world wide, ETEST Academy provides students with guidance in creating their own study and career paths with an aim towards admission to high-ranking institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada,…Extracurriculars is a must-have, and is therefore also included in the AMP course at ETEST and attended by many of our students.
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