You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again—colleges like to see their applicants do more than just excel in academics. They like to see involvement in extracurriculars, participation in the community, an active volunteering streak…maybe even a combination of all three! It can get exhausting to try to get all of these bases covered, but it also can—and should—be fun! Try these five steps to make pumping up your résumé not only a productive endeavor, but also an enjoyable experience.1. Choose activities not because they look good but because you enjoy participating in them.
2. Don’t be afraid to try new or unconventional things.
If you’re having a hard time thinking of groups you’d like to join, go with something you’ve never done before, or something that might not immediately seem like the perfect fit for your personality or skills. Go to a few meetings, participate in a few events, and see if it clicks. If it does—you’ve found a new hobby! If it doesn’t, you’ve learned what you don’t want to do, and can try your luck with another group. Don’t worry—you’ll eventually find something, and it’ll be all that much enjoyable because you took the time to really find out what motivates and interests you.
3. Don’t overdo it!
4. Be consistent.
5. Aim to lead!