Write-On Wednesdays: The 'extracurricular essay'

Recorded Wednesday, April 14 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


Join Hale for a breakdown of essay prompts about extracurricular activities, including: what admissions officers are looking for, how to research school-specific info, and general tips for writing. He'll also go through an example of an essay or two on-air so you can see how admissions officers would critique this kind of essay.

Hale will also open up the floor for a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about community service essays.

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Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Work Experience: I am a senior at Yale and excited to begin my fifth admissions cycle working with CollegeVine. After four years of working directly with students, I can't wait to engage with the people and the process in new and innovative ways online.

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 Hale and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
9:45@Parent24:Is it ok that your extra curricular does not necessarily relate to your major? Eg. music x engineering
11:43@anonymous:are academic things like math club and science olympiad good topics for the extracurriculars essay?
25:42@zaraadam:Is it bad if you apply for 2 completely different majors like engineering and economics and have extra curriculums that relate to both? Will it negatively affect me since I don't have a spike? Because I intended to apply mostly for the ivy league school?
49:34@fani:Does a few months or almost 100 hours count as a long-term activity?
49:43@R9:how would starting and playing in a band be helpful in writing the extracurricular essay?
51:17@anonymous:is reading lots of books appropriate in the category of uncommon extracurricular?
52:50@zaraadam:Have questions about the common app personal essay. Is it controversial and a big red flag if you talk about race and your struggles in society and how you overcame it?
56:15@Parent24:Is Ethics Cafe from Florida University? Just a curiosity to understand if they mention specifically for this Uni
59:02@fani:If you're lacking in numerous and long-term extracurriculars how can you try to make up for it?
65:08@MZ:should I put things that I care about the most (easy but meaningful) first or time commitment that is related to my major


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