how are my extra curriculars?Answered
Hiii. I’m only a high school freshman, but I’m hoping to get a good head start on finding colleges.
So, I just want to get some honest opinions on whether or not my EC’s are “good” or not. Suggestions on what else I could do to up my chances are v v welcome! :)
So here’s what I have so far (keep in mind I am just a freshie):
-40+ Dance Studio volunteer hours
-6th grade orientation volunteer hours (about 10 hours and I was helping with the orientation, it was 8th grade)
-a local private college 2-week summer camp (I took Graphic Design, Weaving, and Improv classes)
-I hope to get into the National Dance Honor Society
-3 week out-of-state dance intensive at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
-8+ years of Piano lessons (10 awards, 25-30 performances...if that matters)
-3 years of band (clarinet) and outside-of-school lessons; also created, led, and went to a weekly Band Club.
-5+ years of competitive dance, invited to nationals multiple times (about 8-10 performances every dance season)
Honestly there’s probably a couple things I forgot, but let me know how that looks so far. Thanks!!
hi :) - like max said in the future pls don’t ask profile evaluation questions cause that’s the #1 policy breaker here on collegevine but you probably didn’t know that, so just take this as an fyi for next time
i’ll tell you right now that trying to evaluate your course profile and ec list makes no sense since you have literally only completed 1 or 0 years of high school (are you rising freshman or did you just finish freshman year)? you will in no shape or form be ready for any college in terms of extracurricular profile development since usually you don’t have that really filled out until the end of junior year. it’s not your fault- it’s just how things work. you really can only do the hard work now and then consider evaluating how likely you are to get into your top schools by the end of sophomore year earliest. what i WILL tell you is that next year join activities in school that match whatever your intended major is. look for clubs, honor societies, student groups, courses, etc that reflect what you want to study in college. see if you can find a way to make dance and music a bigger part of your life or possibly win more awards in that. you don’t need to be top in everything but in most things you do you should have leadership or awards. you really want to focus on creating a cohesive “life story” about what your passions are and how you chose to pursue those in high school. good luck!
So just a FYI you shouldn’t ask about profile evaluations that’s good for livestream and the chancing engine.
The answer to your question is depends on major and your school list. As a lot of CV users are looking for ivies I’ll use a middle of the road ivy (UPenn) as a comparison.
The 6th grade volunteer hours just hurts you as that was in MS not HS so I’d say discard that.
Your ECs are lacking for ivies it may work at the least competitive ivy (Dartmouth iirc) but that depends on the evaluator. The rest are good but are not special. The ECs would be average at elite public schools such as UNC UVA and UMich. It’s better than most at elite schools like UT Austin UW UF. But you should try to have 8/9 ECs and have more responsibilities. Also you have a lot of visual art achievements but for any non art major you have very little achievements it’s not even humanities ECs with a STEM major. I’d recommend you join a speech/debate club and another STEM club.
Also the private college that is not very impressive unless you can show achievements and was free. Unless it’s by an elite school like Harvard or vassar (elite private liberal arts school) it isn’t really impressive.
Hope this helps and comment if you need clarification.