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9 months ago
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Drama or sports?
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I was heavily involved in both drama (I performed at a major regional theater) and rowing (mainly as a coxswain) during middle school, but I moved right before 9th grade and had to quit both as my school did not offer either. I'm transferring schools going into 11th grade, and I have the option to get back into either, but I don't think doing both is realistic for me anymore, as both would be major time commitments. I'm passionate about both activities, but will one be more appealing to colleges? I'm not even sure if it's worth it to go back to rowing considering how late in high school it is, and the fact that it's been two years since I left.

If I went with theater, it would (probably) be as a stage manager, and if I went with rowing it would be as a coxswain.

11th-grade
drama
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9 months ago

From what I know, sports scholarships are extremely competitive. Bigger colleges focus heavily on your performance within the sport outside of school (i.e., club or select teams). It is also important to note which seasons your sport takes place in. You have the chance to do both but dedicate more time to one because of the fact that both being extracurriculars will look good on applications. That is if the seasons in which both are active coincide with each other. Ultimately it is your decision on whether you're willing to fully commit last minute with one of the two.

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9 months ago

Whatever you choose, be sure you can accel at it. The better you become the better your college application.

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9 months ago

Hi there! Honestly, there isn't really a clear answer to this and the decision is up to you. It sounds like you are passionate about both acting and rowing, but you are more concerned with how interested colleges will be in the activities. Although I don't believe there is a definitive answer to your question, it might be beneficial to think about which activity you prefer and would be ready to dedicate some time to. Being a stage manager can be incredibly exciting and rewarding. It can aid in the development of leadership qualities and calls for great organizing and communication skills. In rowing, being a coxswain may be a difficult position that demands great communication and strong leadership skills. If you are able to pick up rowing again and become extremely skilled, then you might be able to get college scholarships and do rowing at a college level. The decision is ultimately up to you. You really can't go wrong with either choice because colleges just want to see what you are very passionate about and you will likely have a higher chance of acceptance with a strong passion and dedication as well as leadership within your passion. I hope this helps with your decision! Best of luck!

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9 months ago

I would say it depends on what you see yourself doing in the future. Doing sports is sometimes better for earning scholarships, but if you see yourself pursuing a theatre career, I would stick with drama.

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