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I don't want to be a resume-builder! :[

quiddityquiddity Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member
edited October 2009 in College Admissions
So I've heard time and time again that colleges dislike clubbers or resume-builders or whatever you want to call them.
It also seems like if a person has many different activities, then she is labeled as a clubber.

I'm a freshman in HS, but this is what I think what's going to happen by the time I apply to college with my extracurriculars:

Volleyball, basketball, lacrosse [hopefully I'll be on the varsity teams for these sports], drawing & painting (classes for 10+ years, break in the middle for 1 1/2 years), piano (classes for 9 years, ABRSM certifications), guitar (classes for 3 years, playing for 2-3 since then), Waksman (molecular biology) Club, Radio Club, Model UN, French Club, Red Cross Club, National Honor Society, personal research projects, possibly an opinions blog

I'll be running for Student Council and auditioning for school plays too.
And if I can develop my singing abilities enough to go against the choir policy, I'll be in an a capella group for the last years of high school.

All of the clubs would most likely be for all four years of high school. Except for NHS, because I don't think you can be in it that early.

The volunteer stuff would be Special Olympics, retirement home, teaching little kids at church, hospital volunteering, etc. I'll work as a summer camp counselor, most likely, and take a political and/or entertainment-business internship. I may campaign for a candidate.

A novel is in the works. I'm hoping to publish by the time I'm 16.

And, in case it matters, I'm interested in majoring in Economics, History, Political Science, some English thing, or other things like that. I do not want to be a doctor or scientist; I'm in Waksman for the research and analytical thinking (which I enjoy and plan to incorporate in my future career), and I'm in Red Cross and hospital work because I like to help people.


I do not do these things for college. I do them because I like them. And because I want to take advantage of every incredibly unique opportunity I have while I'm still in high school and don't have to focus on a major and whatnot. I also do believe that it's important to be well-rounded--not for college's sake, but just for anything in general.
Plus, I love learning new things, and I always want to try different stuff. (I hardly ever give up my interests, though. So I don't have commitment issues.)

I'm an extrovert and I'm fine with public speaking. I do work hard to make everything I do of high quality, I like to help other people out, I am relatively organized, I learn quickly so I know how to run things, etc. So no, I am not going to be that person who attends meetings but never advances or contributes much to a club.


I am an excellent student and I have great writing abilities. (You may think otherwise because of how rushed this post was ;] ) So, since the other important aspect of me would be my hobbies and activities...

1. Does this sound like resume-building?
2. If it does sound like resume-building, how do I convey that it's not?
3. Is it okay that there is no giant theme for my extracurriculars? [i.e. You're not looking at this and saying, "Oh, she's definitely planning to be a __(job)__ in the future."]

Thanks a million! :)
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Replies to: I don't want to be a resume-builder! :[

  • ncmentorncmentor Registered User Posts: 1,346 Senior Member
    "If it does sound like resume-building, how do I convey that it's not"

    No Problem, just leave them off your application. Most apps don't have enough spaces anyhow...
  • quiddityquiddity Registered User Posts: 50 Junior Member

    Any other advice?
  • ncmentorncmentor Registered User Posts: 1,346 Senior Member
    Well, Your page long essay to ask a simple question may be the problem. Sounds like your bragging to this forum before you are even getting to the application. Perhaps you may want to ask a different question...
  • StarmieStarmie Registered User Posts: 306 Member
    Colleges will assume that you are simply spreading yourself across a number of activities, without any real devotion to any of them. And they will be right. The minimum commitment for everything you've listed is such that you will just barely be able to keep them all up, plus schoolwork. It won't be possible for you to distinguish yourself in any meaningful way.

    Take it from a current senior (and a fellow writer): ditch all the stuff that you don't really, really love, or you'll grow to hate all of it.
  • BatlloBatllo - Posts: 3,047 Senior Member
    Colleges know transcript padders when they see them- superficial commitment, minimal involvement.
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