High School Extra Curriculars

SpookyRambo

New Member
I'm just going to get straight to the point here. I'm currently a freshman and I am in JROTC, Track & Field, Key Club (community service organization), and I am involved with my church youth group. I've seen many people who apply to the AFA take maybe 2 or 3 times the amount of extra curricular I'm taking. I an going to be applying to NHS next year, and possibly CAP. Are there any other activities I should be doing to help me increase my chances of gaining an appointment?
 

USAFA10s

USAFA Class of 2012 Kirtland, AFB
10-Year Member
You have plenty of activities with all that you listed. I did band, tennis, cap and nhs. That's it. But I was section leader, team captain (and highly ranked outside of high school tennis), and squadron leader (the highest ranking cadet) for CAP.

My point is quality, not quantity. Work towards being track team captain, president or other leadership position in key club, leader in cap, and leader in nhs.
 

SpookyRambo

New Member
My point is quality, not quantity. Work towards being track team captain, president or other leadership position in key club, leader in cap, and leader in nhs.
Thank you for that info. I do think I will be able to obtain leadership in key club and JROTC, but track is hard for me to do since I usually have drill team or other meeting for JROTC. CAP is hard for me to do as well since the nearest unit is 30 min. away.
 

USAFA10s

USAFA Class of 2012 Kirtland, AFB
10-Year Member
In that case go read christcorp's sticky on athletics.
Sports, and your academy application

https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?url=https://www.serviceacademyforums.com/index.php?threads/Sports,-and-your-academy-application.44076/&share_tid=44076&share_fid=79838&share_type=t

Leadership roles in JROTC and key club are great and will fill out the leadership portion of your application nicely. You'll need to make sure you have something that fills the purpose of varsity athletics on your application. Honestly the reason I chose CAP over a more time consuming activity like JROTC was because I could get the leadership experience I needed while keeping my afternoons free for sports.
 

SpookyRambo

New Member
I'm glad you pointed that out to me. Thank you for all of this info. I will Definately consider all of these factors for the next 3 and 1/2 years I have left in high school, so that I may have a competitive application when it comes time.
 

kinnem

Moderator
5-Year Member
I agree with USAFA10s. Pick those ECs that you care about and motivate you. Become a leader in those organizations. Some athletics is important but not absolutely required.
 

fencersmother

10-Year Member
Founding Member
The trick is not to do a lot of things, just to pad the resume, but to find those things you really enjoy - a sport you love! - an EC that you would be happy doing when you're 20, when you're 40, when you're 80! (literacy teaching, visiting nursing homes, teaching...), gaining a leadership slot...

To spread yourself thin doesn't show dedication - it shows lack of discernment.
 
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