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Strategies for the Common App Activities Section?

I’m a bit stressed about fitting all my extracurriculars into the Common App activities list. How do you decide which ones to include and prioritize? And any tips on how to phrase them to make the most impact? Thanks in advance!

7 months ago

I understand that deciding which activities to include on the Common App can feel overwhelming. Remember that quality trumps quantity here. Prioritize activities that you've devoted the most time to and where you've had significant achievements or leadership roles.

When phrasing them, be concise but impactful by using strong action verbs and quantifying your contributions where possible. For instance, instead of saying 'Participated in debate club,' you could say 'Led a team of 4 in national debate competitions, advancing to semi-finals and improving team's record by 25%.' This gives a clear picture of your involvement and achievements. Best of luck!

7 months ago

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