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Get Involved

Isn't it enough to take challenging classes and get good grades? Actually, the most successful students are often active in school or community organizations as well.

But you don't have to feel overwhelmed; if you plan it right you can get involved in things that may lead to career opportunities or even increase your eligibility for scholarships.

Volunteer or Work Part-Time

Community service and volunteer work may lead to additional scholarship opportunities. Find opportunities to match your interests at www.dosomething.org. Having a part-time or summer job is also an opportunity to save money for college expenses.

Participate in Extracurricular Activities

Choose from a variety of activities in high school, such as athletics, band, choir, drama and various clubs. Look for activities you like and that will give you good experience.

Build Your Skills

Activities and jobs also help you build your list of skills. When you apply for a job, create a resume or fill out applications, you'll be asked what skills you have.

Below is a list of skills often acquired through involvement in activities and organizations. Use this list to help you brainstorm what skills you've developed:

  • Time management
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Organization
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Responsibility
  • Flexibility
  • Detail orientation
  • Initiative
  • Responsibility

 

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