Extracurricular activities provide fun ways to boost college applications

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Extracurricular activities provide fun ways to boost college applications

A quick glance in the halls at Watkins Mill shows many of the extracurricular offerings available at the school.

A quick glance in the halls at Watkins Mill shows many of the extracurricular offerings available at the school.

Jade Pinkowitz

A quick glance in the halls at Watkins Mill shows many of the extracurricular offerings available at the school.

Jade Pinkowitz

Jade Pinkowitz

A quick glance in the halls at Watkins Mill shows many of the extracurricular offerings available at the school.

Natalie Helsel, News Managing Editor

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If you’re bored after school or trying to find a new hobby, consider some of the many clubs and sports offered here at Watkins Mill High School.

Clubs that the school offers range from Key Club, a club for volunteering, to Muscle Movement Foundation, which focuses on being active. “Just standing in the hallway, we have Key Club [posters], Muslim Student Association, Sisters in Success, Outing Club and so many more,” English teacher Sofya Shpilyuk said.

Meeting friends with similar interests is inevitable after joining clubs. Extracurriculars also allow students to partake in activities they enjoy. “I’m on the volleyball team and recently joined the Key Club. I do enjoy these activities because I get to do what I love with those who enjoy them as well,” sophomore Elise Manglicmot said. 

It’s never too early to start thinking about college. In fact, clubs and sports can increase chances for college acceptance. Colleges want to see students participating in extracurriculars and getting involved with the school. Art teacher Limor Dekel said, “Being in extracurricular activities definitely gives [colleges] an impression that you are committed to something.”

They also like to see what makes you unique from the other applicants, which makes joining a variety of clubs a great option. Not only that, but students can get student service learning hours from certain clubs, which helps students toward graduation. “I think it’s fun to do something you are good at and get involved in the community,” Dekel added.

Students are encouraged to create their own club if they don’t feel interested in any that the school offers. “Join a club, find something you like doing, and if you can’t find something you like doing, start something you like doing,” Shpilyuk said.

“Students should join clubs because this could be a way for them to break out of their shell and try new things,” Manglicmot added.

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