3 years ago
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What activity is the congressional award?

For one of my extracurriculars, I am working towards getting the congressional award gold medal, which requires 400 hours of volunteer service, 200 hours of personal development, 200 hours of fitness and I have to plan a 4-night/5-day trip. Which extracurricular would this be under? The closest thing I've found is Hobby, and I think it would be tier B because of all the time it requires plus the physical medal received at the ceremony, but I'm not quite sure. If anyone knows, please let me know!

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@kinseyw3 years ago

I have no idea what tier it would go under, but this seems like a really interesting extracurricular and I was wondering if you could explain what it is and how you're doing it a little bit more? Thanks in advance!

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3 years ago

Hi, thank you for asking your question! Generally the congressional awards will be placed under the "Honors and Awards" section in the Common App. You can then add a description to the award and what work you put in to achieve it.

Another option will be to include this work in the "Activities" section. In doing so, you can add it in the community service option and this will likely will be either Tier C or D. This is because you have not necessarily raised > $100,000k or attracted > 3,500 participants. You have put in a lot of work however which seems more equivalent to the accomplishments of a Tier C or D (This is not to trivialize your amazing accomplishments at all! But rather to make sure you have an accurate admissions chancing using your CollegeVine profile).

Hope this helps!

3 years ago

Wow, that is really impressive!

I have no idea what sort of application you are talking about, as I am not aware of a tier system.

However, if this is the Common App, you could list your hours separately. So for Activity 1, you would say Community Service, describe it, and put 400 hours. For Activity 2, you could say "Other", describe your personal development, and put 200 hours. For Activity 3, you would say "Fitness" (or something similar), describe what it was for, and the hours.

Also, in the Awards section, not the Activities, you could say you got the Congressional Award Gold Medal, and describe what it was.

I hope this helps!

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