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01/21/2021 at 04:49AM

Can I use high school awards as extracurriculars?

Hello! I'm a Junior currently attending a Catholic Jesuit high school. At the end of each school year during graduation, one student from each grade level is selected to receive an award correlating to the School's mission statements. I have received one of these awards twice now, for "Intellectual Competence", or for "a firm foundation in the liberal arts... as well as a mastery of thinking, reasoning and cognitive skills and habits".

My main question: Can I use these grade level honor awards in my extracurricular activities profile?

Follow ups if it IS possible: 1. What category and tier would they fit into? 2. Should I make individual activities for each award/year?

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

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1 answer

01/21/2021 at 05:06AM

On the 2 most common application portals (Common and Coalition) there’s a section dedicate do to awards and honors that you earned. So it’s not an extra circular per se but you can definitely include it in your application.

The UC portal I don’t know and the school specific one I’m not familiar with.

Hope this helps and feel free to comment if you’s like clarification as I’d be more than happy to help!

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@giselle.p01/21/2021 at 07:22AM

Thank you for the help, that makes more sense now! Would you mind defining what the difference between Common and Coalition portals is? I'm afraid I'm new to that terminology.

@DebaterMAX01/21/2021 at 01:32PM

The CommonApp is an application that is able to be submitted to multiple schools. It keeps your basic information so you don’t have to fill out the same basic information for every school you submit one for. Coalition is the same just run by a different organization but is only accepted by top tier schools. UC is for all of University of California school. And then school specific ones are those that only work for one school such as MIT. 1/2

@DebaterMAX01/21/2021 at 01:34PM [edited]

The main difference between common and coalition besides who’s it is run by is that there are 8 extracurricular slots on Coalition but 10 on common. There also are easier document sharing capabilities on Coalition. They also have different essay prompts. Hope this helps. 2/2