A reporter for a national woman’s magazine called me last week and interviewed me about extra-curricular activities in college admissions. Does the applicant need twenty? ten? How many?
Whether you are applying to college, med school, law school, business school, or an academic graduate program, extra-curricular activities can enhance your profile. However, it is quality not quantity that counts.
Twenty membership cards is worthless from an admissions perspective. 1-3 commitments that you can write about with insight, commitment, and passion while showing your ability to contribute, lead, work cooperatively with others, and have an impact are winners.
The advice given by Robert Ruiz, the University of Michigan Medical School’s Director of Admissions, at the recent Accepted.com Michigan Medical Admissions chat applies to almost all applicants: "DO NOT do what you think we want to see–do what you love and we will be impressed with what we see!"