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Can my passion project be a fan account/instagram account?
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Hey everyone, I am a junior in high school and I am trying to find a passion project for college admissions. I have been posting on a fan account for my favourite celebrity for 2-3 years now and i have 3k followers. Could that be a passion project, since I make edits and am really invested in it? If not, do you have any suggestions for a passion project?

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a month ago[edited]

Yes, it's a passion project by anyone's definition however I do not believe it aligns with your academic goals and interests which will signal clear evidence to colleges that you are a fit for their school. Let me frame the problem in a different way so you understand. Say you love everything Timothy Chalamet and your dream school is Columbia College in NYC. Just because you have 10,000 followers who also love Mr. Chalamet doesn't show clear evidence to an Ivy College that YOU are going to be successful at Computer Programming at the FU School of Engineering at Columbia University. Or just because you have 10,000 followers at an everything Emma Watson portal and your dream school is Brown, doesn't inform Brown admission that you are going to have success at your intended dual concentration of Bio-Chemistry and Public Health topics.

Some successful passion projects types (or you can combine them together) that successful admits of top college employ are the following:

1. One that aligns with your academic interest. Create a website, podcast, youtube channel, media, book, Zine.

2. Research assistant in your area of academic interest. Either through working with a professor or a company that is an expert in this area.

3. Internship position with other professionals in that community. One excellent resource is a LinkedIn profile.

4. Organizing "live events" on a periodic basis. They don't have to be Ted talks but they can be live "TikTok" events on how to fix a laptop or any other expertise you have.

5. Getting published in magazines and journals that have a large audience.

6. Start a non-profit or business that is related to your passion.

If you take the term "passion project" too literally, it can mean basically anything. What I'm hoping to share and inform you about is how a passion project can still be fun but it has to relate to the intended academic path you are on and help you, NOT HURT your chances of getting into those set of colleges that will see how the PASSION PROJECT aligns with your ACADEMIC GOAL. If they can not connect the dots from PP to AGs, then it will do more harm than good because they will scratch their heads and say "why is this person spending so much time on this????????"

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a month ago

Hi, thank you for asking your question! I 100% agree with @emmyolive here, your passion project should ideally reflect your eventual college major to give you a competitive advantage in the admissions process. Your instagram page unfortunately is not quite related to your major of interest, and could have been accomplished by most other people (not super unique). That being said, definitely include it in your activities list because you are passionate about it.

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a month ago

Hello! Yes, this could totally be your passion project. As the previous commenter said, it would be interesting if you had a decent amount of followers. Though I wouldn't carry too much weight by the amount if "fans" you have. I know several youtubers who talked about their channel for their college applications. Best of luck!

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a month ago

Hello! Yes, I guess it can be a great passion project as long as you doing it and expand your followers! It would be cool to have a popular account with like 10k followers :)

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