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National Youth Leader Forum

Hey guys! Has anyone here ever attended the National Youth Leader Forum (NYLF)? I'm thinking about applying and wanted to know what kind of experiences you all had with it. Would it be worth my time?

7 months ago

Hi there! I've come across quite a few students who've participated in the National Youth Leader Forum (NYLF), and their experiences seem to vary widely. Some found it to be a useful opportunity to meet like-minded peers, develop leadership capabilities, and gain exposure to potential career paths. Others felt that while the experience was not bad, it didn't add a significant "wow" factor to their college applications.

When considering whether it would be worth your time, it's essential to weigh the benefits and costs. On one hand, it could provide valuable networking and growth opportunities. However, it's important to note that many top colleges are aware that these programs can be expensive and may not give as much weight to them compared to unique, self-initiated projects, or achievements at a local, regional, or national level.

Additionally, you should consider how the NYLF will fit into your overall extracurricular portfolio. If you're focusing on developing a "spike" or highly-developed specialty where you excel, make sure that NYLF aligns with your other activities and enhances your skills in that field.

In conclusion, attending NYLF can be a rewarding experience for some students, but weigh the benefits against the costs and consider its impact on your overall college application. Think about your goals and interests, and determine if NYLF aligns with those so that you can make the best decision for your situation. Good luck!

7 months ago

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