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When Does The Activity List Count?

Updated: May 24, 2022

Applying to a competitive school?  Remember, most applicants also have a strong Academic Index (GPA and Test Scores).  Unless you have an “X Factor,” your activity list might be the credible accomplishments you achieve outside of your traditional high school experience.

I happen to think the activities is one of the most underutilized spaces on the college application and can make the difference in the admission review process.

Compare these two:

  1. Basketball  – "Learned about hard work, discipline, and perseverance.  Improved my teamwork for overall team’s success”

  2. Improved Basketball Player Description –

    1. Dedicated my practice to 1,000 successful foul shot practices a week for 35 weeks

    2. Recruited 3 teammates to do the same

    3. The team’s foul shots improved 350% when compared to last season

    4. Spearheaded a Special Olympics event to teach athletes how to make foul shots

    5. Raised $1,000 for Special Olympics

First description: Who cares?  Next!

Second description: Are you kidding me?  Let’s dig deeper into this application!

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