Common App Activity List Review

Recorded Monday, November 30 at 10:00 PM

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About this livestream


Get your Common App Activity List reviewed live during Monday's stream!

Moriah will review multiple user-submitted Common App Activity Lists live during the stream. For each list, she'll walk through how admissions officers would read the list, then go item by item to offer suggestions for improvement.

To submit your activity list for review, please use this form.

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Undergrad College: University of Pennsylvania '19

Major: English and Women’s Studies

Work Experience: I'm passionate about merging storytelling, psychology, and spirituality to co-create experiences that transform people. In addition to advising students with CollegeVine, I work as a life coach and freelance writer.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Moriah and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
41:49@kmky:Do all colleges use this Tier system?
66:53@anonymous0101011:When can we submit these profiles?
67:35@anonymous0101011:Is it recommended to put non-major related ECs on the list
70:31@anonymous0101011:Are most ECs tier 2 and 3
74:47@astrolex:What about representing a country in a international science olympiad? Is that tier 1?
75:07@havily:how long should you be in a EC to put it on your list?
78:02@mimi:Can you talk about how to modify the activity description so that it can fit into other applications when needed? since different applications (e.g. Common App, Apply Texas, etc) have different lengths on the activity description.
80:56@Applesauce:If you talk about an extracurricular in an essay, is it okay to not fully describe it in the activities section?
82:37@anonymous:What punctuation would you say is most effective and efficient (separating sentences using commas/semicolons, using or not using hyphen/dashes etc)?
85:46@JS1234:As part of a business incubator course, our team established a project made it to the finalist of a 'big idea' business competition with other local colleges and high schools. Since this is not entirely EC, can this be considered as an activity/achievement in a resume?
87:17@anonymous0101011:Are publishings considered tier 1 ECs
88:47@anonymous:What is the expectation of a top tier school for number of extra curricular activities? Would attending a separate school to learn a different language count?
93:07@anonymous:Is adding semicolons to separate sentences a good idea or just a waste of characters (for eg could we instead just capitalise the first letter for each new sentence, as is done in this example)?


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