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:
Basketball – "Learned about hard work, discipline, and perseverance. Improved my teamwork for overall team’s success”
Improved Basketball Player Description –
Dedicated my practice to 1,000 successful foul shot practices a week for 35 weeks
Recruited 3 teammates to do the same
The team’s foul shots improved 350% when compared to last season
Spearheaded a Special Olympics event to teach athletes how to make foul shots
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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