3 years ago
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I've got 8 tier 2 activities, but no tier 1. Any suggestions?

My dream college is Stanford, and apparently people have like 2-3 tier 1 activities there. But they probably don't have 8 tier 2 ones, right?

I have no idea what to do, and yes, I'm running out of time :(

@neuroscience223 years ago

I guess if all your ecs reflect a passion for your major, Stanford will view you positively. Probably, the only thing you have to do right now is to figure out a way to turn a tier 2 into a tier 1 ec. If you figure that out, you will be fine. Also, ecs are somewhat flexible so I dont find any problem in not having a tier 1 ec.

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3 years ago

Hi there, @BcosYNot!

Great question! Extracurriculars, especially at Ivies, are a bit murkier than other facets of your application, like grades and test scores. Depending on the school, and even your specific admissions officer, your application could be evaluated differently based on what extracurriculars they value.

That being said, you'll want to curate a spike through your extracurriculars. You want to have a theme of sorts, something that bridges all the disparate extracurriculars in a way that gives you some sort of "thing." Admissions officers are looking for candidates that are really good at something in particular, rather than those that are well-rounded at everything.

We recently made a YouTube video that can help you determine your path forward. You can learn more about spikes and themes here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30evWEhB21E&ab_channel=CollegeVine

Hope this helps!

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