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• 08/22/2020 at 10:46PM

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If I participate in an extra curricular activity e.g music and I'm not great at it, is it advisable that I submit a portfolio on it? Do admission counselors judge an activity by how good the applicant is or just that the applicant is involved in it?

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• 08/22/2020 at 11:44PM

I’ll give a short answer but I would say no, don’t do it, and yes for the reason you mentioned. Your extracurricular actives are judged based on 1) skill/talent (how good you are at it, whether you’re highly ranked or if you’ve won awards) 2) commitment (how long you’ve been in it) 3) passion (is it something you’re doing just for the sake of admissions or do you really enjoy it) and 4) relevance to major (is it something random you’re doing just to look good or does it make sense). I would not submit a music portfolio if you’re not good at music. I would consider quitting music if you’re not good at it since it will not get you far in college admissions and it will take up a lot of time that yo could use to advance yourself somewhere else that would b more productive, i.e. self initiative like a blog or podcast, sat/act prep, studying to get better grades. What i’m suggesting is that unless it’s a stress reliever or something you really enjoy it might not be worth it; don’t do that activity just cause you think it looks good for college if you’re not good at it in the first place.

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@EM08/23/2020 at 06:55AM [edited]

It's something I enjoy doing, I just haven't had time lately to practice. Thanks for this info.

@crsgo042208/23/2020 at 01:02PM

of course! i wouldn’t drop it then, but maybe just re prioritize how much time you spend on it :)