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Do Colleges Care About My Out-of-School Sport?

Question: Do colleges care if you have a in-school sport or out-of-school sport? I have never been on any sports team in my school but I actually go to this park which is by my house where a team meets every day to practice. I am a speed skater and I have been doing this for almost 4 years now and I was wondering if the school cared that I practice my sport out of school.

When it comes to extracurricular endeavors, there are what I call “pluses” and “hooks” in the admission process. A “plus” is any undertaking that shows admission officials that you have used your time constructively, and a “hook” means that you offer something that the colleges really want and which will thus give you an edge at decision time.

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