Does Extracurricular Really Affect My Chance?
I am top ranked in my graduating class and I get along well with all my teachers. However, I don’t have much extracurricular activities because I had issues with transportation and at home. I was wondering will this keep me from getting into competitive schools like UPenn, NYU, and Carnegie Mellon? Thank you!
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At competitive institutions, extracurricular activities do play a significant role since a majority of their applicants have strong grades and SAT scores. Extracurriculars can help differentiate some students from the rest. However, an essay can do the same thing. I would explain your transportation challenges and issues at home somewhere within your application, so the admissions officer has some context. But, my main advice for you would be to really focus on your personal essay - make sure it leaves the reader with something memorable and impactful.
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