How To Build Your Extracurricular Resume

Recorded Sunday, October 18 at 07:30 PM

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About this livestream


Learn what colleges are looking for in an extracurricular resume and how to improve your profile for admission to selective colleges.

Yesh Datar will provide a comprehensive overview of how extracurriculars work in the college admissions process. He'll walk through how colleges analyze individual activities, how to build an overall profile, techniques for developing your profile, and suggestions for how to develop extracurriculars during the COVID-19 outbreak.

After the presentation, there will be a Q&A where Yesh will address any and all questions about extracurricular activities.

Your host

Undergrad College: Boston University '20

Major: Medical Science

Graduate College: Boston University School of Medicine

Work Experience: I've been working at CollegeVine for 3 years mentoring students through BS/MD and undergraduate admissions. I am currently a medical student and have done research at Boston Medical Center, Dana-Farber, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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 Yesh and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
30:52@booboolita:Can a contrast profile be 3 topics or does it strictly have to be 2.
31:59@James12:What if you do sports at a different school?
32:39@anonymous:Is a Breadth profile with awards in most/all of the activities considered strong
33:18@Applesauce:Can we put links like a website link on your description of an activity?
57:07@anonymous:Where can I get a copy of your slides?
60:26@Applesauce:Would you rank the following activity tier 1 or 2: starting a community service club at school with 100 members, website, launched virtual environmental service network throughout county, and second club location founded at nearby school.
61:29@anonymous:Hi! I have 27 current activities, can you give any tips on how to narrow them down?
62:41@anonymous:If I am doing mentorship for my activities during the pandemic, like working with directors and sound editors remotely, would take be a Tier II activity?
63:25@anonymous:You talked about explaining unfamiliar extracurricular activity. How do you do that when the character limit
64:26@James12:I started a livestream ministry at my church, which tier would that fall under?
65:24@booboolita:Should we ever exclude activities?
66:27@booboolita:Is there a specific type of profile that is best for applying to a very competitive major?
67:01@Oliver:Sports award or Student Body VP, which one is the first to list?
67:41@Maximilian:I wake up at 5:00 A.M. every morning to run for 25 minutes; is this something that would benefit me to include in the activities section (I have two slots I have not yet used)?
68:09@Jay:Does qualifying for and participating in a national level sports competition (not winning) in the summer prior to HS freshman year count? Is that a Tier 1 activity?
68:47@anonymous:Is there a way to sorta "hack" the system and put an activity in the award session? haha
69:02@Applesauce:I have a website for an organization that's sponsored by Dominos. Does this help reach tier 1 level?
69:41@anonymous:If I'm going for the Contrast application, is it ok to have a few activities that don't play a major role in my 2 contrasting themes at the end of my list of 10 activities
70:28@Amk2021:I got hired for a support staff position for a special needs camp, but with Covid I ended up as unpaid staff, essentially just volunteering. How do I show that I got offered an important job with a lot of responsibility (that never happened), but also explaining what I ended up dong instead due to covid? I want Colleges to know the job I earned, but I also need to share what I did do instead
72:16@anonymous:elody :what type of sport activities would be ok under leadership?? Im a captain of my wrestling team and do competitions in powerlifting and a member of science and math honor society. Im not sure what qualifies as leadership activity??
73:07@Maximilian:I spent all my non-school time (including time in class when I could) reading and annotating the New Testament for 31 weeks and it averaged out to about 40 hours per week. Should I put down 40 hours or is this number too high and colleges will not believe it?
73:42@anonymous:What should I do if I'm not sure what I want to major in, but have interests in different areas?


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