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My friend, a senior, has a great academic record and works pretty hard in class (3rd out of about 300 student, one B on transcript, 4 or 5-mostly 5s- on all AP tests taken). However, until last year, she didn't have many extracurriculars- she was historian of a small club in tenth grade, joined science Olympiad and science bowl in 11th grade and became Science Club vice-president this year (science club isn't that big). See to me, I felt like she had a great chance at lots of colleges.
But today she tells me that her brother (who is extremely smart and very well-connected in the small city we live in) talked to a bunch of different places/organizations/societies to let her put them as her extracurriculars, saying that she was very involved with them for over a year, etc. etc.. She said that at first she felt bad, but "everyone does this right?" I told her that no, I don't think most people do that.
Also, my friend has a history of cheating (on everything) until about 9th or 10th grade. I'm pretty sure she doesn't cheat (in class) anymore though.
But this just really disturbed and infuriated me. What are your thoughts? Shed some light. Do you think I should do anything?
On top of that, our valedictorian is president of NHS and vice-president of German club and does not do anything for those clubs. He also managed to lie somehow and get into Physics II AP without taking Physics I. He also makes fun of every single teacher behind their backs and complains forever whenever a teacher says he is wrong about something. Maybe a lot people do that, but in some classes, he literally keeps up a running commentary to the person next to him about how bad the teacher is.
Does anyone else have any experiences like this? Am I the only one? Please share!