My parents are full time workers, and cannot pick me up from school (which I live far away from the school), so I cannot participate in after school clubs. What can I do so that my extracurricular profile isn't too drained? Am I basically prevented from a top university even though I have a 4.0 GPA?
I would suggest that you involve yourself in activities that show your interest in a topic. These activities that I am talking about can be more impressive than some after school extracurricular. For example if you are interested in journalism you could compete in The New York Times high school writing competitions or other writing competitions such as the Scholastic Arts&Writing competition, if you are interested in medicine/science you could ask a researcher if you could conduct with research with them (you may even get published) or you could compete in online math/science competitions, or if you like business then you could start your own company or get a high position in a job (such as manager).
I would also suggest that you mention why you have no after school activities in the additional information section on the Common App.
I hope this post helped.
I have friends who are similar to you. Getting a job you can walk to was an excellent piece of advice from DebaterMAX. I think you can participate in clubs by getting rides if transportation is your only issue. It might be difficult to find one but I'm sure you can find someone who can drive. It could also potentially make for some good stories as well.
You can find a job within walking distance of home or can do something online like a blog.
As to universities ivies still have a sub 10% admit rate but schools like UNC chapel hill and other elite public schools should still be an option like Oklahoma San Diego state Houston SC and Iowa are good among others.
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