How to Get Involved at Medina High School
Welcome to Medina High School!
The Link for the Activity Guide is at the bottom of this page.
Just as you choose your classes each year, you should also examine extracurricular options and decide which best suits your needs and interests. The Medina High School Activity Guide a comprehensive overview of all the school sponsored clubs, activities and sports offered throughout the year. Detailed descriptions which include a contact person, fees, approximate time commitments and scholarship activities are listed when available for each activity. This booklet has been developed with the direct help of the advisors, head coaches, and assistant coaches of the various clubs and sports. Make sure you do not over commit yourself; often students find themselves overwhelmed by the increasing demands of high school academics and extracurricular responsibilities. For example, you may have played two sports and been involved in student council in middle school but now find that you no longer have the adequate time to keep up your grades with the demands of practice, after school meetings, and increase in homework. Remember the most important job over your high school years is as a student. Be realistic about your other commitments before you sign-up for a new one.
There’s no doubt about it, when looking at being admitted into a college, extra extracurricular activities are part of the admissions review. Residential colleges depend on an involved student body and admissions officers are very interested in how applicants have spent their nonacademic time.
The strength of your high school curriculum and the grades you earn are the two most significant factors in your application to any college. The ways in which you have used your time are important criteria, after course selection and grade point average.
What colleges like to see on a student’s high school record is sustained involvement in a few well-chosen activities, ideally leading to some leadership capacity in either the junior or senior year. Colleges take a dim view of the cafeteria-style method of selecting activities; a few activities your freshmen year, different activities your sophomore year, more your junior year and yet different ones your senior year with no commitment to any of them. By the time a student is in the latter years of high school, he should demonstrate a strong and deep commitment to a few activities. The student who has risen to the first chair as a violinist, is co-head of the environmental club, and has tutored math for three years will be a more appealing applicant than someone who claims membership in a dozen clubs yet gives no appearance of any significant contribution to the school or community.
Bear in mind that participation in school and community activities should begin early in your high school career. Colleges are not impressed with students who only become involved their senior year in order to have activities to list on their applications.
Choose your activities wisely, talk to others who have participated in the club or sport, involve your parents in your decision and pay attention to time commitments. Overextending and adding stress is not the idea of extracurricular activities. Enjoy your high school years, you only get one chance!