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Is Junior Year too late to join extracurricular activities and community services?

Ananph12Ananph12 2 replies1 threads New Member
Hello everyone! I'll try to get straight to the point. So I have been researching a lot about schools and realized that extracurricular activities and community services are important aspects of my college application. I did not know this before. Currently, I am a sophomore with a GPA of 4.23 and I am in the 92 percentile. My goal is Duke University. I am wondering if it would still be possible for me to enroll in Duke University without much of an extracurricular activity or community service. I think it is too late to start as I am going to be a Junior soon - but I may be wrong. Is it too late for me to join clubs and community services now? Is there a way for me to maximize my chances of getting into top, private universities?

THANK YOU, EVERYONE!!!
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 42530 replies460 threads Senior Member
    edited February 27
    You should join an activity NOW as a sophomore because you like it and can be good at it.
    For a top 50 university/LAC achievement at a high level not just in classes but in activities of your choice is necessary but that shouldn't be what powers your choice. Find something you like.

    No you can't get into Duke, or equivalent (from Colgate to W&L to Vanderbilt to Rice) without proof you're not just a school/test robot. ;) They're a community and want you to have shown personality and time management skills through activities performed at the highest level but also want to know you won't spend your time sitting in your room!

    You could get into Sewanee, Eckerd, UNCA, CNU... with your current graded and without meaningful ECs but would be unlikely to qualify for honors college or scholarships.
    What do you do when you're not in school?

    Note that working counts as a meaningful EC.
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  • Ananph12Ananph12 2 replies1 threads New Member
    When I'm not in school, I would write and read books about psychology (I wanted to major in psychology ever since I was 7). I also would knit for my friends and family as some of them are going through financial problems. At my school, we don't have a lot of extracurriculars. It is pretty dance-oriented, and if you're not interested in dancing, then that's it for you. I am still 15 so my options are pretty limited as well.

    Even with extracurriculars, I'm scared that I won't be able to show those "leadership qualities" like the universities want me to.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 42530 replies460 threads Senior Member
    edited February 27
    Create a knitting club. I'm sure it'd be popular, especially if it comes with hot cocoa. Ask a teacher or GC tomorrow to get it started ASAP.
    Does your school teach psychology or AP psych? If so, see if the teacher could sponsor a Psychology club where you'd invite local professors once a month and organize a discussion of a current issue or review experiments etc.
    If you write, can any of your writing be published?
    Can you have a job, starting this summer?
    All of these would "count", especially if you start the activities now (Feb-March of sophomore year) and the job this summer.

    Go get a Princeton's Review Best Colleges at your school library and find 2 colleges in your state that you like +10-12 colleges you hadn't heard of that you like.

    What do you like about Duke? The financial world connection? The Greek life? The sports? The weather? A specific field or research lab?
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  • Ananph12Ananph12 2 replies1 threads New Member
    I am planning to create a knitting club for my school soon. My school does teach a lot of psychology courses - I am taking three of them myself. I am not sure if a lot of people would be interested in the psychology club as a lot of students already have a vast knowledge about the subject. As for a job, I am applying to a lot of part-time jobs. I am volunteering to transcribe and translate for TED videos. I also aim to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity over the summer.

    I'm going to move to another school in NC pretty soon. As for Duke, I am very interested in the research that's being done there. Its psychology program also fascinates me a lot. Another field that interests me is Chemistry - and Duke University has a considerably strong program for the field.
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