Extracurriculars 101 with Robert

Recorded Wednesday, December 8 at 01:00 AM

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About this livestream


In this stream, Robert gives you the breakdown on extracurriculars! If you want to know what our signature catchphrase, "spiky beats renaissance," means, then join Robert as he walks you through CollegeVine's best advice on approaching extracurriculars (so your "spike" can beat the all-too-common "renaissance" candidate).

Robert will give you a rundown on how to cultivate a strong narrative through your extracurriculars, and administer plenty of tips and tricks you'll need in order to find your spike and make your profile stand out to admissions officers.

Come prepared to drop all your admissions-related questions in the chat, where Robert will answer them live!

Your host

Undergrad College: Yale University '21

Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics; Classics (Intensive)

Work Experience: As a recent graduate of Yale University, I am excited to begin my first year with CollegeVine! In many ways, CV was a natural fit for me -- at Yale, I worked for over two years in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, beginning as a Senior Interviewer in the summer of 2019, during which I interviewed over 200 first-year applicants for the 2019-2020 college admissions cycle. After the summer ended, I became Lead Recruitment Coordinator, a full-time position responsible for executing and overseeing Yale’s numerous post-admissions decision yield initiatives, as well as serving as a spokesman for the university both in person and online. Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of interacting with hundreds of students and their families at all stages of the college application process.

My Admissions Story: Having always been interested in studying a variety of subjects within the Humanities and Social Sciences, I applied to a smattering of liberal arts colleges and universities (mostly on the East Coast) with strong departments in these areas, large and diverse student bodies, and varied extracurricular opportunities. When my college admissions decisions rolled in, I immediately accepted an offer from my dream school, Yale University, which I had always felt best embodied the opportunities and goals that I desired from my college experience -- and since that day, I’ve never looked back.

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 Robert and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
1:39@khnguyenn:I can hear and see you
18:38@iizoeygotswag:how do i develop a spike?
32:56@daria_fry:are there specific extracurriculars/spikes that are more appealing? Such as fencing vs theatre or something like that?
37:20@daria_fry:thank you
37:58@rforgah:how do we find research oppurtunities in high school?
42:51@rforgah:thanks so much
43:06@daria_fry:yes thanks
43:15@daria_fry:oh what college were you in?
43:23@rforgah:what are some prestigious summer programs?
43:54@daria_fry:nah morse is
44:09@samc:This is a rather specific question, but if I liked computers and programming then what would be a possible tier 3 (or even tier 4) activity to create a spike?
44:28@rforgah:you're so awesome thanks
48:03@iizoeygotswag:do you think its worth paying for the really expensive programs>
50:23@iizoeygotswag:should i make my GPA spike in a way? and stick out from the rest?
53:28@khnguyenn:does my spike have to align with my major? I wanna go into Neuroscience but I'm afraid that my extracurriculars may make me look like an Art major
55:03@daria_fry:You sort of already answered this but- How should you manage your time? FOr example, being a ballet dancer requires a lot of time and dedication that could intrude on your academics. How much should you sacrifice? I hope that makes sense.
59:06@daria_fry:There are abroad programs where you can study a language in a foreign country for a year. Do you think that is beneficial for your application or overall harmful because you might be getting a worse education and effectively missing a year of high school?
61:18@rforgah:how do I get better at math and English and maintain straight As?
65:13@khnguyenn:since the common app has only 10 extracurricular slots, I should fill those with my spikes right? Like I enjoy a variety of activities but i dont want to present myself as a "jack of all trades, master of none"
67:41@samc:Are internships a good way to set you apart from everyone else?
69:29@daria_fry:ultimatley, how much weight do extracurriculars have on your application?
72:41@iizoeygotswag:how important are SAT scores
76:11@khnguyenn:Do colleges care more if I put the national extracurriculars? ex. NHS or Beta
79:23@daria_fry:Thank you so much!
79:27@iizoeygotswag:thank you so much you were SOO helpful
80:00@khnguyenn:Thank you so much, this was really helpful!
82:05@CaliGrace:Thank you so much! Very very helpful. I appreciate it.
82:29@iizoeygotswag:have a ncie night


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