What are some of the main components of a spike. Like if you had to give a checklist or some few key elements a spike should have what would they be
A checklist would be tough to gather, but here’s my two cents:
A spike means that you have a clear, demonstrated passion in which you’ve excelled exceptionally. This could look like a lot of things. Maybe you’re nationally competitive in math competitions like the AMC, AIME, or USAMO. Perhaps you love community service, and created a really impactful nonprofit. There’s no one, clear-cut path to developing a spike, but it’s easy to recognize one when it’s there.
My only advice would be to find something that you love pouring your time into. The hardest thing about developing a spike is discovering something you enjoy enough to make sacrifices for. Best of luck.
A spike can consist of a couple different extracurriculars that are related to each other. For example, you could be a water polo player, a swimmer, and work as a lifeguard. This would demonstrate a passion for aquatics. Or maybe you love writing, so your in AP lang and literature, you've started a writing club at your school, and compete in essay competitions. A spike is really exploring a passion in a couple different ways in order to demonstrate to colleges what you love. Hopes this helps.
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