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How can I leverage my involvement in class competition ideas to boost my college application?

Okay, so I’ve been super active in organizing class competitions at our high school, from spirit weeks to fundraising face-offs. Heading into senior year, does anybody know if colleges give any cred to this sort of leadership? Any tips on how I should talk about this in my apps?

7 months ago

Absolutely, colleges pay attention to this kind of leadership experience! It illustrates initiative, organizational skills, and the ability to engage your classmates toward a common goal—all of which are valuable traits in a college applicant.

When sharing this on your applications, highlight specific examples and outcomes. Did a particular event you organized break previous fundraising records or lead to a new school tradition? Quantify the impact where you can, like 'Led the organization of the annual spirit week, increasing student participation by 20%.'

It's also crucial to reflect on how these experiences have shaped you. Perhaps planning these events taught you about the complexities of team dynamics or gave you insight into effective motivational strategies. Present these reflections in your essays to demonstrate self-awareness and personal growth.

Moreover, if you garnered any recognition or awards—like 'Event Organizer of the Year'—be sure to include those as well. This kind of involvement fits nicely into Tier 3 of extracurriculars as it showcases leadership and interest without being at the state or national level. For more on the 4 Tiers of Extracurricular Activities, check out this CollegeVine article: https://blog.collegevine.com/breaking-down-the-4-tiers-of-extracurricular-activities/

Remember, the key is to narrate a story that goes beyond the event logistics and into how it's become a part of your personal and leadership journey. Good luck with your senior year and the application process!

7 months ago

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