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HELP: listing activities on the common app


Hi! I am currently filling out the activities section of the common app. I have participated in theatre for all four years of HS, but during my junior year became the president of the program. I am listing this leadership position and participation in theatre as one activity; but when it comes to the "participation grade levels," I don't want to be misleading by choosing 9/10/11/12th grades, since I obviously wasn't the president as a freshman. I also don't want to only select 11/12th, because it will seem like I only began theatre in junior year. I might be overthinking this, but please let me know what the best approach for this is. Thank you!!!


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It would be best if you listed it as a leadership position and then checked the boxes for all four grades. You can clarify that you were just a part of the program for the first two years, and then took on a leadership position. This will reflect highly on you and your character, as it shows that you are willing to put in the work in order to gain a high ranking position. Some people would put them as two different activities, but I do not recommend that; it would just take up space that you could use for other EC's.

Agreed I’d say in the description say assumed president duties junior year or something similar. Also most AOs will be able to know you weren’t prez 1st year.