lookingforward wrote: »
"Depth, breath, progression, and commitment." Very good. But I'd add, "relevant." And showing some stretch. You're applying to top colleges, they pick the kids who meet *their* expectations. If you don't like their rules, opt out, take those colleges off your list, don't apply.
If a college expects stem wannabes to have some math-sci ECs, and you don't have them, there are no make-up points for, "Yeah, but he was really, really into xxx."
Imo, that's not sad, it's savvy. You're not applying to go to a better high school. You're attemptng to make the college leap- and to some mighty competitive ones.
No, you do not need national or international awards. Yes, you need balance.
-What you do primarily based on your own interests (hobbies, side lines, the pie club. This does include involvement in ECs for that major that supposedly "interests you.")
- What you do for/with your groups (peers, religious, sports, music, whatever it is. It shows engagement.)
-And what you do for your community, for the needs around you, directly.
Just doing what you want can't cover it all.
“If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy.”