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Is Being Committed to A Sport Beneficial?

MN1007MN1007 2 replies5 threads New Member
Hello, I'm about to be a junior in high school and I'm deciding on my schedule.

I think I have an idea of what I want to do in college, that being some science major and a minor in business. I am deciding on participating in clubs like HOSA and DECA.

The problem is that I'm debating if I should continue soccer. I enjoy soccer, but I will not be playing in college and I'm not particularly the most talented at the sport. But I know colleges look at extra curriculum, so I thought soccer would benefit me that way if i committed.

Should I stay in soccer? Will it help me be more attractive to colleges, or is being in HOSA and DECA good enough?

(If I don't take soccer, I will be replacing it with an AP class)
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  • nomoodnomood 282 replies27 threads Member
    You should stick with soccer. One more AP class in your schedule is not going to help you. Staying with soccer will show dedication. Of course, if you don't want to continue soccer, you don't need to just for the sake of college admissions, but giving up soccer for an AP class is not beneficial. If it was giving up soccer for something like an internship in a business or research experience, then it might be worth it.
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  • mikemacmikemac 10536 replies154 threads Senior Member
    edited May 21
    At most colleges minimal participation in ECs is all that's expected, and you'll do that with your other clubs so you don't need soccer as well. At very selective colleges they don't want to just see member of this and that. They want to see achievement and/or leadership. If all you're going to do is be a member of the team then it isn't going to help you for these schools (nor will just being a member of some other clubs).

    As Stanford says
    Students often assume our primary concern is the number of activities in which a student participates. In fact, an exceptional depth of experience in one or two activities may demonstrate your passion more than minimal participation in five or six clubs. In general, we want to understand the impact you have had at your job, in your family, in a club, in your school, or in the larger community, and we want to learn of the impact that experience has had on you.

    If you enjoy soccer then you should by all means stay on the team but if your only reason is college admissions then you can drop it.
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  • yearstogoyearstogo 760 replies30 threads Member
    DS is a very good soccer player and enjoys it but definitely will not be playing in college. He has continued as he gets a lot of playing time and as I said, really enjoys it. It has not prevented him from doing other things but does make him be a bit more efficient with his time.

    If you have something you enjoy much more than soccer then do that but I do not think you should look at whatever you do as being the one thing that will make a difference to which college you get accept to. I wish college admissions were more transparent and based on objective things but they are not and are not likely to change. Do what you enjoy, I think the key is to be sure you are doing something and not sitting around. To the extent you stick with something and have a leadership or active role it will be better for you and your chances. Good luck!
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  • MN1007MN1007 2 replies5 threads New Member
    edited May 21
    Thank you so much for your responses! It has really helped me.
    edited May 21
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