I am filling out a National Honor Society application and in the application I am having trouble writing about my extracurricular activities. 

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To become a member of the National Honor Society you need to excel in four areas, academic (often times a minimum 3.0 GPA), character, leadership, and service. This means that you should have a strong record of service to your school or community via extracurricular activities or volunteer work.

First, you should think about what extracurricular activities you have participated in. This might include being on a sports team, being a cheerleader, participating in school theatrical productions, being a member of the band, student council, school newspaper, yearbook, competing in math or spelling bees, or being part of various clubs. Having a role as a leader in any of these activities will strengthen your application.

Also, you should include information about volunteer activities, such as scouting, helping at a food kitchen or church groups. 

Organize your extracurricular section as a series of bullet points with a short description of your activities. For example:

  • Drama Club: Helped build sets foir 3 school productions and served as part of the lighting crew for one production.
  • Yearbook: Took photos of drama club activities for the yearbook.
  • Volleyball: Was a starter on the JV volleyball team for 2 years. 
  • Volunteer Work: Helped serve food to homeless every Friday for two years as part of program to feed the hungry at Saint XYZ Church.
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