Hi, so I'm a senior applying to college in the 2020-2021 cycle aiming for some top schools, and I have a lot of questions:
1. I don't have that many awards, but I was acknowledged in a paper that was recently published concerning work that I did over last summer. Considering my lack of other awards (other than like National AP scholar, A honor roll, Junior Marshall - all lame stuff), should I put this acknowledgement in the awards section of common app & put my research/internship in my activities section? Then elaborate more in the additional info section w/ a link to the publication?
2. My summer research was obviously canceled for 2020 due to the pandemic, but I still kept up with the work virtually, reading manuscripts, etc, and the professor is writing me a rec to college. In common app, how would I mark this? Because technically, the research only happened in 2019, but I still kept up with it this summer. So, would I only mark 11th grade (then mention I did it virtually in 12th)? Because it was about 45 hrs/week in 2019, but obviously this year, it would not be that amount of hours. Also, I'm using my work from that summer in a couple of my science based clubs & such by creating presentations, so I would add that in the additional info section/covid section.
3. During the summer of 2020, in addition to keeping up with research virtually, I took a few classes on HarvardEdX. Should I mention this in the additional info section or COVID-essay? Also, how would I include "proof"? I have the certificates, but I'm pretty sure AOs don't want you attaching that to your app...
4. If we held multiple club positions through HS (ex, social media manager 9th, treasurer 10th, VP 11th, President 12th), how would we allocate hours to that on common app? Do we only address our senior year (so like 52 weeks, 8 hours), or mention every year (52 weeks, 2 hours; 52 weeks, 4 hours, 52 weeks, 6 hours; 52 weeks, 8 hours)?
5. Kind of having to do with the last question, I joined a club late my junior year, but now I have a "captain" position because a lot of people left for college. Of course, this year, I would mention I do it the whole year (52 weeks), but junior year only like half the year (~26). Again, if I'm only supposed mention most recent commitment times in common app, then no problem. But if we are supposed to address all years, that's where I get confused.
6. If my parents are immigrants who did not get a degree in America but did in their home country, am I considered 1st gen? Because while they did go to college, they can't help me in my college apps like other parents.
Thanks to anyone who reads this long message! I would appreciate any help