Activities for college application

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Discus: College Admissions: 2002 - 2003 Archive: November 2003 Archive: Activities for college application
By Cooldude03 (Cooldude03) on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 05:40 pm: Edit

What sorts of activities/parts of the application do college admission officers weigh the highest when they are choosing? Are some activities better than others? What makes someone get into an Ivy, and others not? Does anyone have any suggestions for good activities, community service, organizations to get involved with?

By Carolyn (Carolyn) on Monday, November 17, 2003 - 06:02 pm: Edit

Don't choose activities because they'll "look good." Choose them because you think they are something you'll enjoy enough to make a commitment to. Colleges want to see dedication and passion, not a laundry list of EC's. They are more impressed with someone who has done one activity well and in-depth than someone who has a long list of activities that mean very little to them. Community service is always a nice addition but only if you have upwards of 60 plus hours at the same organization - a few weekends here and there won't make a difference. Internships are also something colleges look favorably upon, but find ones that you will enjoy doing and learn something from - not just ones to list on your application.

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