Every year I meet a few students who have masked who they are by not being active in after school activities. They have not joined any clubs or organizations at their school. They also have no involvement in sports or service clubs. Their community footprint does not exist because they are not involved in any church or community organizations or volunteer activities. When they complete a college application, whole sections of the application are blank.
Even with very good grades and test scores, students who choose not to be involved in their high school or community do suffer in the admission decision process. They are academically qualified for very selective colleges but often have to settle for colleges willing to take students who appear not to contribute to their school and community.
Feeling at odds with their school culture is sometimes the reason students do not join in activities. Such students can take advantage of available community activities that suit them. The key is for the students to be active.
Un-involved students often need the support of teachers, counselors, parents, siblings and others to begin to connect with others at school and in the community and to take the steps necessary to increase involvement outside the home.