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Aug. 10, 2015

Is YouTube An Extracurricular?

Question: Throughout High School, I made political Youtube videos for a Youtube channel that caused me to get over 1,000 subscribers on the channel and noticed and favored by several large internet news organizations such as The Young Turks. Would this count as an extracurricular?

 Yep, this absolutely “counts” as an extracurricular activity, and college officials are likely to be far more interested in your political videos than they are in seeing the same old stuff that crops up on application after application (debate, band, yearbook …).

But make sure that you adequately explain what you’ve accomplished. The Common App only gives you 150 characters, so you may want to send a separate “annotated” activities list that includes a paragraph or so to describe those undertakings that aren’t immediately obvious. You could even use your essay or the “Additional Information” section of your applications to provide details. And, of course, one picture is worth 1,000 words, so be sure to include a link to your videos. While some busy admission folks won’t have the time or interest to follow it, others may be intrigued (and, hopefully, enthused!).


 

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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