4 months ago
Admissions Advice

Extracurricular Timeline

I'll be a senior in September and I've done a community service project that raised money and donated over 800 donations, done a competition but didn't win, did a club a year bac,performed in a poetry slam and write poetry, and I'm a brand ambassador for an organization. I'm currently in a program where they teach entrepreneurship, and I'm going to find a job soon. Because my grades(my gpa is a 3.2 or a 3.1 don't have access to transcript yet) and my SAT scores are terrible (810). I feel like I need more extracurriculars before I apply. The problem is I wanna get everything done : essays, fafsa, reccomendation letters, including extracurriculars by august. Is there any chance I could get into a school with what I have just in case? Or should I try to squeeze something in.

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4 months ago[edited]


First off, congratulations on all your accomplishments, especially during these times! Personally, I think your extracurriculars are very interesting and unique. The only thing I don't know is how long you did these activities, which can really make or break a certain extracurricular. I also don't know what college you want to get into, so I cannot really give you a straight answer as this can obviously change depending if you are looking at, for example, a community college vs. an Ivy League.

In general, however, you can definitely get into a college with these stats. You shouldn't really worry about your SAT score because (most) colleges will be test optional for your graduating class. In terms of your GPA, it would be nice if it were a bit higher, but you can make up for it in other areas of your application.

For your extracurriculars, as long as you have put in a lot of time and effort into these activities and are PASSIONATE about them, I think you are all set! Normally, on the application, there are ten slots for extracurriculars that you can fill up. I get the sense that most applicants focus on filling up all ten slots, but you really don't have to. If you are just looking to fill up those last two or three spots with activities that you did not spend too much time on developing and that are meaningless to you, colleges will see this and could very easily be harmful to your overall application. You know the saying: Quality, not quantity? That is pretty much how I can sum this up.

Instead of adding more to your extracurricular list, write about an extracurricular you are really passionate about in one of your essays! No matter if it is a "good" extracurricular or not, if you are passionate, colleges will pay more attention to that extracurricular and therefore to you as an applicant.

This is just my view on this. I wish you the best of luck!! :D


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