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8 months ago
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How to not look 'forced' for ec's
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I have lots of extracurriculars plans, and I have done enough research to figure out that I only should do ones that interest me. All the ones I have are ones that totally mean something to me, but I am scared colleges will think I am trying to hard or have 'forced passion' but I don't know how to make it look like I am actually doing what I enjoy (which is my plan).

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8 months ago

Hey!

I believe that the only way to do that is to "ignore" what they might think and just choose whichever ECs are the most important for you. In the admissions process, colleges will look at your ECs and every single detail related to them, thus, you should always show honesty and passion whether you are describing the activity to them or when you are asked about it in an interview. The only way of not looking forced is not being forced! just choose the ones you are the most passionate about and the rest will just flow smoothly, believe me, I had the same issue too. Follow your instincts and you will be okay. I wish you all the best in your application process in the future and I hope that you find that combination that is the most beneficial for you!

Best.

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8 months ago

Just do whatever. I hate this idea a lot of people have that you need to focus on one thing and only that one thing. You are still a kid, explore yourself. On top of that, you may discover a hidden passion, and boom, the "forced" passion problem goes away. And if you explore yourself, you will have a long list that if you are smart enough, will be able to tie in everything as a "life-long learner" or another idea.

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