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09/22/2020 at 11:04PM

How can i boost my extracurriculars?

Hi everyone,

I'm a Colombian student, and here extracurricular activities are not important for admissions, so then opportunities for doing them are fewer for high schoolers.

At the time i have some extracurriculars, they are:

Music:Piano and drums player.

Sports: Player of a nationally recognized team.

Academic: Canada exchange, math olympiads (national semifinalist, Although it is a challenge to be a semifinalist, the number of semifinalists is high)

Work experience: I'm working on an international institution named Kumon, where students can learn math, english and spanish skills, there i assist and sometimes i help math and english students.

And next year i'm thinking about being my class president and also being the representative figure of students.

I was wondering if any of you knows how can i boost my extracurricular activities for my common application.

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1 answer

09/23/2020 at 01:32AM

So without divulging personal info

In sports are you a starter or a captain? Becuase it doesn’t matter for admissions if you are a 3rd string on the best High school in the country you haven’t done anything. Hope this makes sense.

For music is it a hobby or do you have a band?

For academic exchange programs are a lot more culturally and or essay based not really an extracurricular. For math semifinals are you interested in STEM if so semifinal is great despite being a big number of them it’s more a % base. 1000 semifinalists isn’t impressive until you realized 100000 competed for them.

Work expierence depends on your job expierence/Responsibilitiesas an intern it is impressive especially if it was a contest based for the position.

Class president is impressive but it’s kinda seen as a popularity contest and not really merit based. In the US there is 20 thousand plus public high schools each of them have a class president and consider Harvard only enrolls 1600ish a year and not only class presidents are accepted it isn’t super impressive but it is a good thing especially if it has significant responsibility like planning graduation so I’d focus on that not being elected to president.

Without knowing where you want to go I can’t say if you even need to improve your extracurriculars as they are really impressive it depends on wether you are interested in a very selective school like the Ivies UCLA Rice etc or if you are interested in a school that admits 80% of applicants.

I’d look into anything that is related to what you want to study in college like for engineering you might want to look at a engineering club or for teaching focus on tutoring. Even with what you have your ECs are really impressive especially for an international student. Best of luck!

Please comment so I Edit my advice specifically about the above paragraph.

Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification as I’d be happy to help clarify!

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@Lauravl09/23/2020 at 02:09AM

1.My team doesn't have a captain, since that makes rivalry between us, but i have been playing on that team for about 8 years.

2.I play on the music band of my school.

3.Well i don't know really how many students participate on it, but i know it's a national competition, where 9, 10 and 11 graders participate.

4.For working there, you have to know their learning strategies or having a good knowledgment of the topic, they employed me because i have finished all the mathematical levels.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Lauravl09/23/2020 at 02:17AM

5.I'm really interested on a selective college, that's why i need help on my extracurriculars.

Right now i don't have very clear what i wanna study, but i have some options these are: Business or something related, health major, interior design or architecture.

@DebaterMAX09/23/2020 at 02:38AM

So for the team it sounds like you are one of the main players so make sure to talk about that. For music that’s iffy see if you can get any responsibility/awards like you are the lead tuba player for example. As for the semifinalist it’s good but I’d need more info but it definitely sounds impressive. As for your work that’s great just make sure to talk about that and not be bland.

@DebaterMAX09/23/2020 at 02:41AM

When you write your descriptions in CommonApp don’t write “the cat crossed the road” write the “cat approached the curb then looked both ways before farting across the highway” make sure your description is filled with statistics responsibility and if you can manage it what you gained from it. For example “As a club leader I managed the budget of a 25 member club and I learned insert things.”

@DebaterMAX09/23/2020 at 02:44AM

As you want to attend a selective school just try to be “promoted” not start new ECs as in gain more responsibility and roles. Interior design and architecture are super difficult to gain involvement in. If your school teaches CAD or has teachers reach out to them and ask about stuff to do.

@DebaterMAX09/23/2020 at 02:49AM

For health to be really impressive try volunteering at a nursing home hospital or clinic but with your other activities I don’t know if you have the time. As for buisness look into a buisness club such as DECA and narrow down what in buisness you might want to do like accounting marketing sales etc and consider doing something in your community. Hope this helps.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Lauravl09/23/2020 at 02:55AM

ohhh ok i got it, and do you know how can i get involved on a business extracurricular or something related, that can help me ?

And also thank you so much!, i'll follow your advices.

@DebaterMAX09/23/2020 at 03:26AM

Just contact people you know and ask if they know of stuff that you can do. Though to be honest your Kumon job is a really good buisness EC and the stuff I recommend will just push you over the top.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Lauravl09/23/2020 at 04:01PM

Ok thank you so much, your advises have been really helpful!

@DebaterMAX09/23/2020 at 04:34PM

Your welcome! Glad I could help!