Back To School 1 - Page 19 - Experience continued from page 4

Back To School 1
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Experience continued from page 4
ily,” says Margraff. “Colleges value whatever a student does, from being in the hiking club to working at Target. There is value to doing something outside the classroom.”

She notes that McDonogh students meet with counselors in the 10th grade to review experiences beyond academics. “We want students to think about what they like to do and want to do. If the club doesn’t exist, start it.”

It’s no secret that colleges and university want to see academic success and challenging work. “You can see intellectual interest and how that translates into other aspects of a student’s college application. The bottom line is that the college sees the student first and evaluates  he caliber of the applicant,” says Ross,“but you can build a resume with community engagement.”

Whether the student is a musician, entrepreneur or athlete, the experiences and lessons learned are transferable to the college setting. “Colleges want to know how accepted students will contribute to the population of the campus community. How will each student enrich learning and the program? Will your presence enrich the community?” asks Ginsberg.

“Once the student is in college, will those skills learned in high school translate into building a vibrant community on campus?” •