What are considered "good ECs?"
I was chanced by a few people in a previous post, but many of them said that my ECs were low. I have 3 years in Robotics (won't be doing it Senior Year) as Director of Public Relations, Madrigals (competitive school acapella choir that goes to national competitions), Peer Counseling, my church Youth Choir, and my church core team which runs the Youth Ministry.
I did Robotics from Freshman to Junior year, and that was my only EC during those years (except for church Youth Choir which I started Junior Year) becuase I moved at the end of Freshman year and FIRST Robotics was the only thing I knew I could join. I spent a LOT of time in it because, as Director of Public Relations, I had to write grants for large companies like Teradata and Northrop Grumman, I had to send several letters to sponsors for various reasons, I had to set up presentations with other companies and around the community, I designed the team t-shirts, banners, etc., and I was the contact for people seeking more information about our team. I quit this past year because the adviser of our club wanted to start doing things her way and limit the opportunities the students have. There is a long story about that, but it was not a principle that FIRST endorsed, so many of us left.
I guess the last thing I have to explain is that our move to a better area strained us so much financially that I didn't have time or money to be in other activities so freely. We were able to get by just enough, and I had to do chores at home, tutor siblings, and manage my own classes in a school that was ten times more competitive than my old one. My whole story requires several explanations, but would this combination of events justify my lack of ECs to admissions officers? How would they understand this odd situation? Or am I just feeling sorry for myself about this ridiculous reason? I appreciate anyone's feedback.