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05/11/2020 at 01:56AM

How can I improve my extra-curriculars to get into a decent college or possibly an Ivy League?

I am a sophomore in high school in New York City. It is way harder to stand out in my school due to the amount of kids in my graduating class. I am heavy active in Key Club, member of NHS, member of Model UN, created a Sustainability Club with a group of people, work with an outside organization to tutor kids and am currently doing an online course to learn more about doctors (I am interested in doing a job in the medical field in the future). Is there anything I can do to improve my extra-curriculars to get into a decent college since I am a sophomore in high school?

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05/11/2020 at 08:32AM

Since you are a sophomore, you should use this year to do your extra-curricular activities now as opposed to in Junior and Senior year where you would really want to focus on your classes and maintaining a strong GPA (which is one of the most important things that unis look for), and also getting a good SAT score. With all of that going on during your Jr and Sr year, extra-curriculars will be something that might be difficult to manage because of that stress (unless there is something you are really passionate about, or something that you are a leader of (like your Sustainability Club).

Back to the question,

I personally think that you have a pretty good range of extra-curricular activities already, but don't add more or join any more clubs. Rather, try to get more authoritative positions in the clubs you are already in because colleges don't look for how many clubs you were in, they look for ones that you excelled in and were succeeding in.

For example, in Model UN, try do something that you previously have found difficult or hard and build on the skills on that, rather than attempt every position possible.

I hope this helped you!! :)

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@DebaterMAX05/11/2020 at 09:01PM

Also remeber Ivies look for strong who have leadership so don't go overboard

[🎤 AUTHOR]@suzanam05/12/2020 at 02:21AM

Thank you so much!

05/12/2020 at 02:14AM

I believe since you already have enough on your plate, I believe you should think of the principle quality over quantity at this point! :D