“You want to do something you’re passionate about, because schools are looking for passion.”
This video is about just what the title describes, “5 Activities That Don’t Help your College Application.” These activities describe what not to get so involved with in high school if you want these activities to help with your college application. The first activity mentioned, that doesn’t really help your college application is volunteer work. The speakers reasoning for volunteer work not really helping with your college application is because most high schools have a requirement for a certain amount of volunteer hours (making this a common extra curricular for most students.) Another activity is what the speaker calls “mediocre activities,” which are activities that take up a little portion of your time and/or you are involved in a competitive activity but are not competing (ex. bench warmer). The speaker thinks these activities don’t help you stand out or impress colleges. Also that this probably isn’t something you will be pursuing in college, so it will not help your application or future. The speaker mentions that the activities that do help with your college application involve you taking part in activities where you can show leadership, involvement, and be a part of an organization’s mission. You have to partake in activities that show you’re passionate and stand out from other students.
- activities that colleges don’t care about, summer camps, mission trips, and leadership seminars
- if you do not put time into it and fluffy and silly [pep club]
- because someone told you it’s something that looks good on a college application
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