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1:10@Norah_111:OMG i literally live in Ithaca!!
4:58@StarGirl:We see it!
19:17@Norah_111:If your extracurriculars were STEM related can you please tell us what you did?
24:19@Edmund:Hi! If most of my activities ended up being in tier 2 but were not able to achieve any tier 1 activity, will it impact my chances of getting into a competitive university?
25:15@pita5:what tier would starting a club be?
26:01@Pavishan:What was your top extracurricular and how did you think it improved your chances of getting
27:27@Skazi:I’m a junior and my question. Is kind of specific- I was wondering if anyone had any ideas of what extra curricular an automobile lover could do.
28:34@Sierra_21:Do you recommend getting involved in internships in a spike area?
28:45@162007A1--:Could you please suggest some Medical online extracurriculars?
28:53@162007A1--:Could you please suggest some Medical online extracurriculars?
29:04@Norah_111:What do you think of free prestigious summer programs like MITES? What do you think of nonprofit organizations?
29:21@abs13:Can you pls elaborate no what makes an activity a Tier-1?
29:50@Mimi_5:Is it too late to do extracurriculars for junior
30:34@StarGirl:If you get into a prestigious summer research camp at a top 10 university (one that's free and merit based) what tier would that be?
30:47@Norah_111:what are some good stuff to do over the summer?
31:00@sadia:Hi. I have a question. So in my high school, there is a lot of extracurricular like debate, key club, Mathletes, and many more. So I personally like most of the clubs at high school and joined almost all of them. I actually do most activities and I am the president of most of them maybe a tier 4 activities, but my problem is many people have advised me to only take a few of the colleges thinks it is too much.
33:32@pita5:what are some other examples of tier 1 extracurriculars besides winning national awards?
34:03@Norah_111:I am a middle eastern american, what ecs ideas do you have to help me make this stand out from other applicants?
34:16@Pavishan:i'm a sophmore planning on graduating early going into biochem and philosophy, currently I have extracurriculars that revolve around writing bc I'm on the journalism team for yearbook, on the communications team for music council, in the works of writing a book, starting a book club, etc and as well as many running sports. How do I adjust my extracurriculars in order to fall under those two majors.
34:31@Labake:Off topic! But I only took 3 AP courses between my freshman and sophmore years (with plenty of honors courses), but I'm taking 5 APs this year as a senior. Will the 5 APs that I'm taking this year still look good for my application or will I be at a disadvantage because I don't have scores for them yet?
36:53@Abhinav15:Hi, my question is qualifying for USAMO a tier 1 activity, or is moving on to IMO a tier 1 activity
37:33@pita5:is fundraising a lot of money for an important cause considered a top tier extracurricular?
40:02@Norah_111:what are ur ecs that were tier 1/2
42:40@Pavishan:How important would you say extracurriculars are compared to gpa and essays?
44:27@Norah_111:what do u think made you stand out for Cornell?
45:43@Pavishan:Can you update universities on things you accomplish senior year and will those be taken into account?
45:45@Pavishan:Do universities look at your first semester marks in your senior year for admissions?
45:49@Norah_111:some ideas on starting or creating a non profit?
48:10@Norah_111:how where you able to get an intern for the hillary clinton campaign?
50:17@Abhinav15:For the top 25 schools, where do you think your gpa should be for you to even be considered?
50:42@Pavishan:Does extracurriculars take volunteering into account? Is so, where did you volunteer?
53:18@pita5:will having 2 b's hinder chances of getting into a top school?
53:26@Lila:i performed at carnegie and won a monetary award, but it was before high school. would that still count on my app? if so, what tier?
53:52@Pavishan:How many universities should you apply to? Are extracurricular expectations different for different ivy leagues?
54:48@jo1291:I (10th grade) attend a private school and there is no clubs at my school. Im attending 2 clubs that are outside but dont have any other clubs available to me. do you have any tips?
56:01@Lila:my school offers about 18 aps, and i'm planning on taking 10, is that enough?
56:20@Julia2:Does IB vs AP make a difference in admissions selection?
57:27@pita5:would starting something like a blog or podcast only be valuable to put on an application if it gained a large audience?
58:46@162007A1--:Having middle or high A in most classes and low A in few classes can give me chances in top school?
60:14@Pavishan:Should we strive to fill all 10 slots for extracurriculs and if so how do we decide which not to include? Should I include an arts portfolio although I don't plan on majoring in the arts in order to showcase additional talents?
61:50@Skazi:Are colleges able to see all GPAs or the average at the end of High school