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Can the Common App reflect career oriented extracurriculars?

I have several ECs centered around a specific career path, but I'm worried they might not seem well-rounded. Should I focus on these career-oriented activities on my Common App or try to show a variety of interests?

7 months ago

It's wonderful that you have a clear career path in mind and have been actively engaged in extracurriculars related to it. Colleges appreciate students who are passionate about their interests and show commitment to them, particularly when those interests align with a potential career. Do highlight these career-oriented activities, especially if you've developed skills and experiences that speak to your dedication and initiative. Think of it as creating a 'spike' in your application which shows depth in a specific area—colleges do value this.

Don't worry about coming across as not well-rounded because having a specific focus can make your application stand out. Remember, it's about the impact and level of engagement in your activities, not just the variety. Quality definitely trumps quantity. If you have other interests that you genuinely enjoy and contribute to your personal growth, it wouldn't hurt to include those as well. But don't add filler activities just to seem well-rounded; admissions committees can often tell when a student's involvement isn't genuine.

It's also worth noting that some schools value having a specific focus or 'spike' in your application over being well-rounded, as it suggests that you will continue to be successful in that field in the future, reflecting well on the school. So if your ECs reflect a strong commitment and high achievement in your chosen field (such as Tier 1 or 2 in the 4 Tiers of Extracurriculars), they could be a significant asset to your application.

7 months ago

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