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Apparently the science high schools in my city are creating a new magazine and my teachers asked for some people to write articles. I am kind of interested in writing articles since they're about a topic I love but as a rising junior I don't want to waste my time if it is a one time thing / won't help with my application. What should I do? Do you think this is a good extracurricular I can commit my time to? How will it look on my application? As I said even though I'm interested in the topics written, I don't want to waste my time if it's not that big of a deal.

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7 months ago

I think it's 100% worth a shot.

My #1 activity on my CommonApp was leading my school's student newspaper... I put in 9hr/wk due to COVID-19... I was probably stronger on grades and essays than ECs, but still I think it helped me. Journalism and news magazines open lots of doors, as in my case, being part of my school newspaper got me access to school board meetings, on COVID-19 policy review teams, and asking questions for candidates at public forums to our education board (some stuff I put on my apps)... This was crucial to me because I marketed myself as someone interested in education policy, and that was my wedge into MORE.

If this EC overlaps with anything you love, I say 100% go for it. If you don't like writing particularly even but like other aspects of the magazine, still look into it! News mags do so much with photography, editing, and marketing that are valuable too. Also, it sounds like you'd meet new people which is a valuable skill too to network.

Yet, if the only reason you are doing this is to put on your college app, I don't think it'll benefit you that much, since you won't make the most of it. Not because it won't look impressive, you just won't put the time in you need to make it "pop" on your resume. The best opportunities and ECs lead to others, so if it's just not your thing, invest more time in something else you love. G'luck!

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7 months ago

Hey, this is an amazing opportunity! You are doing something creative and new. You are creating a new magazine, which is not a usual chance everyone gets. It would great on your application as it will show the college admission officers, you are committed to your work and have college-level writing skills. Nothing you do is a waste of time, you will be constantly learning something new! So don't worry and take the chance!!

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7 months ago

I think creating a new magazine would look on your application! Colleges if you are doing something that you are passionate about instead of something that would look good on your application. I recommend when it is time for you to apply for colleges to talk about how passionate this activity was to you and what it means to you and your future career. I hope this helps!

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