3 years ago
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Does this count as a spike?

I´m in 9th grade and was just wondering if this counts as a spike or if itś impressive. I made an application, a passion project that was promoted by 5 school districts. It aims to help students with covid-19. Should I continue to work on getting more districts on board or will this not help? I was thinking about it and iḿ putting a lot of work into the project and I'm very passionate about it! I was just wondering how impressive this achievement is for a 9th grader.

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3 years ago

You have demonstrated a love of learning and self-initiative to create something useful and purposeful. So congratulations. Most 9th graders can't code.

However, a "Spike" is not a singular project, event, or award, unless the project spans your entire HS career and is super successful with 10,000 downloads etc.

A Spike is a demonstrated talent or interest that would be your most important narrative outside of the classroom.

For instance, if you love rock climbing and lived, breathed and all you could think of was rock climbing. And say you practiced rock climbing 5 times a week and belonged to various rock climbing gyms and clubs. And say you won many rock climbing competitions and were ranked 8th in the US. Well, that's a spike.

Or say you loved composing music and had written about 50-100 songs and had them published. Say you recorded your own original music with your band and offered the music up for sale on Apple or Amazon music. Say you had a youtube channel of your music and had 500,000 followers. Well, that's a spike.

Your love of coding and creating applications may grow into a spike but you have to expand what you are doing and diversify your skillset in coding to make it a noticeable spike. In the meantime, be open to other hobbies, interests, sports, etc because might them equally enjoyable and fulfilling.

Best of luck in developing your talent and interests.

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