3 years ago
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U of F supplement advice

I have taken Journalism class for 3/4 years of high school. We are ranked as the #2 student run high school newspaper in the country, so some pretty big stuff. It takes up one class period but also time after school each week, so its considered a co-curricular. Being in this amazing journalism program has fed my love for writing and has taught me so much about responsibility and teamwork. I have to write a supplement for the Univ. of Florida and the prompt is as follows:

"Please provide more details on your most meaningful commitment outside of the classroom while in high school and explain why it was meaningful. This could be related to an extracurricular activity, work, volunteering, an academic activity, family responsibility, or any other non-classroom activity."

Could I write about journalism because I did participate in it outside of the classroom? (national conventions, workshops, competitions, after school publication week, etc.)

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@livmccurdy3 years ago

i totally would! that sounds like an awesome experience

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3 years ago

if you committed a significant time outside the classroom then I'd write about it! try to keep it things you chose to do on your own time though so not assignments for a grade for class?

3 years ago

If journalism is a graded class at your high school and you have a teacher that gives you a letter grade, then I think this writing about this in your supplemental is not addressing the prompt. "Please provide more details on your most meaningful commitment OUTSIDE of the classroom while in high school and explain why it was meaningful."

At my high school, journalism was an elective English class and I received a letter grade. Newspaper and ASB Student Government were also elective classes that had letter grades as well, however, you had to be elected, nominated/voted into to those by peers and teachers to participate. Although I participated in all three, I don't think I would write my UofF supplemental about any of them if I were given this prompt.

My interpretation of what UofF is asking for is an essay on what you are passionate about outside of the classroom and how you spend your time on this activity that is meaningful, impactful, and character-building. For some that might be serving on a community-based organization or board of directors, developing your own non-profit, working in the family business, tutoring younger kids in core subjects, social activism, etc.

Be careful with what you decide to do because not answering the prompt is considered a red flag by most admissions readers.

Good Luck.

3 years ago

Hi, as someone else mentioned I would talk about the work you did for the newspaper outside of the class you took. You can and should talk about the newspaper as it seems really important to you. Since they want to know about outside the classroom work, focus your essay on the work you did after school.

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