Although your grades are undeniably important, colleges want to know what else you do with your time. Are you active in school organizations? Do you spend a chunk or your time engaged in athletic events? Are you a serious music student? Is community service important to you? More and more these days, colleges look at factors other than GPAs and test scores. Looking at extracurricular activities allows them to differentiate between you and a student with almost identical other factors, to assess how well-rounded you appear, and to gauge how well you might fit into their culture.
Beginning the summer after junior high, you need to keep track of all of your activities and the time you spend on them. If you do this routinely throughout your high school years, completing that part of the college application should be easy! Keep in mind also that Banff requires a minimum number of community service hours for graduation (80 for the Recommended Diploma and 100 for the Distinguished Diploma). Any hours that you want to count toward your Banff requirement must be turned in to Mrs. Wasser on a regular basis. You can perform services at Banff, at your place of worship, or for any local non-profit organization. If you need ideas, consult one or more of the many available websites. Also, check out the articles about how colleges weigh your activities.
Sample Activity Trackers
Community Service Opportunities