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COVID-19 on College Application
Hello! I'm currently a junior who has started the process of researching colleges and gauging my prospective chances at top-20 schools. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of my EC competitions were canceled this year. I was going to compete at the national speech and debate tournament, I qualified for the national FBLA competition(3rd time), the NY Science Olympiad state competition was canceled, and my tennis season was canceled(looking to make states). Also, my summer research internship at a university was canceled as well. Although I realize many juniors this year have similar issues, being only qualified for national/state tournaments but not being able to compete and win any awards, how will college admissions consider applications? Will being qualified for the national competition(with a few state awards) in multiple competitions boost my admissions chances this year? I know that many students prepare for only 1-2 ECs but try and go for the "spike" hook(national/international recognition) but due to the pandemic, they are unable to win any major awards. Coming into junior year, I knew that I was probably too well-rounded with no major national/international awards to my name. But now, will I be compared more favorably to the students who would have had only one "spike" in their application since we are all just qualified for these competitions and no one has actually won?7 replies