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Are yearbook classes in high school worth it for college apps?

I’m looking to round out my extracurriculars and I've always been kinda interested in photography and design. I was thinking about taking the yearbook class at my school. Does anyone know if colleges see this as a valuable EC? I want to make sure I’m using my time well in junior year!

7 months ago

Absolutely, being part of a yearbook class is a fantastic way to showcase your interests in photography and design. You’re touching on several important aspects here: alignment with your genuine interests, development of practical skills, and contributing to a significant school-wide project. Colleges appreciate seeing dedication and the application of skills towards tangible outcomes, like a yearbook. As you grow in this role, aim for leadership positions and think about the impact you can make within the yearbook team. Have you considered how you might expand on your role, perhaps by incorporating a digital photography portfolio or redesigning layouts to enhance the yearbook’s appeal? These are the kinds of initiatives that can elevate your involvement from a participation level to a more leadership-focused experience, mirroring the Tier 3 level of extracurriculars. Keep in mind that deeper involvement in fewer activities can often speak louder than spreading yourself thin across many—depth over breadth can set you apart when colleges review your application. Best of luck in junior year and have fun crafting a memorable yearbook for your peers!

7 months ago

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