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"You never lose. You either win or learn." | A Wharton School Student's Advice on Extracurriculars

We had the opportunity of interviewing SN, a student at the University of Pennsylvania about: Extracurriculars


Here are some of his qualifications:

  • A sophomore at UPenn, Wharton School of Business

  • Maintained a 4.4 GPA in high school

  • Previously involved in Model United Nations, Varsity Soccer, Varsity Tennis, Wind Orchestra, Marching Band, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society

Here are some important words SN shares:

  • "I had a pretty diverse set of extracurriculars, but I would say mostly academic stuff."

  • "I think that the diversity of extracurriculars I did helped show that I was well-rounded as well."



Q: For some people, being involved in sports or music may not be something they wish to pursue later in life. If this is you, how do you think being involved in soccer, tennis, wind orchestra, and marching band has benefited you?

A: At very least, it kept me in shape and taught me discipline. All of these activities required some pretty serious self discipline, and this helped me in other areas of my life. Plus, it showed that I was well rounded.




Q: What was a typical day like for you balancing your extracurricular and school?

A: On the worst days (Tuesdays and Thursdays) I would wake up at 6:30 and go to school until 2, then go straight to MUN until 4, then straight to soccer until 6, then straight to band until 8, get home at 8:30. I would eat, get ready for bed, and start my homework by 10, finish around midnight, and go to bed. Not every day was like this but I will say there were some very long days.




Q: What would you say was the main focus of your extracurriculars?

A: I had a pretty diverse set of extracurriculars, but I would say mostly academic stuff.




Q: Do you think your high school extracurriculars helped you find your interests or did you seek extracurriculars that conformed to your interests?

A: I pretty much stuck to extracurriculars that conformed to my interests.










Q: Out of all of your extracurriculars, which one would you say made the greatest impact on you or that you had the greatest impact on and why?

A: Definitely Model UN. I really dedicated myself to performing well at those conferences and it paid off when our team won 3 conferences my senior year. I improved my teamwork and speaking skills a lot as well.




Q: How do you think your extracurriculars have made you stand out for college applications?

A: MUN definitely made me stand out the most because our high school team was ranked top 10 in the nation so to be a leader on that team was very impressive. I think that the diversity of extracurriculars I did helped show that I was well-rounded as well.



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