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06/25/2020 at 08:03PM

Is it worth putting a summer program that you got accepted to but couldn't attend on your application?

I am currently a rising senior. I got into the New York Times summer academy for international relations(my intended major) but couldn't attend due to the cost of tuition. I'm guessing that it is relatively competitive because it required a few essays and other supplemental materials. It is worth putting on my college application? If so, where would I put it?

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06/29/2020 at 07:48PM

The best gauge for the prestige of a summer program is actually cost (or lack thereof) in other words, the most prestigious programs will typically be free to attend. Expensive programs with comprehensive applications are a tier below those types of programs, so this might not necessarily be worth including. At most, I would mention it in your Additional Information section, or if you don't have other items to fill you "Honors & Awards" section, maybe there. In any case, I'd definitely focus on the other positions you've gotten for this summer, which sound pretty awesome.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@greentea1206/29/2020 at 07:51PM

OK thank you so much!

06/25/2020 at 10:32PM

Idk i mean getting accepted to that is a clearly prestigious achievement. Maybe you can include it on your essay possibly to tie in how you have learned to overcome

adversity and financial burdens to learn how to adapt, and give this as an example of how it hindered you BUT in order to do that you would need to state what else you did with the time

[🎤 AUTHOR]@greentea1206/25/2020 at 10:35PM

I got a remote internship at a non-profit and a congressional advocacy position this summer. Should I say I did those instead?

@crsgo042206/25/2020 at 11:00PM

Yes!!! those are great opportunities

[🎤 AUTHOR]@greentea1206/25/2020 at 11:02PM

ok thank so much!

06/25/2020 at 08:43PM

Short answer no.

Longish answer. It’s like winning a raffle for a Caribbean cruise like yay you got it but you didn’t get anything out of it. Unless you are doing something with NYT it is just about absolutely not applicable