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which 10 activities should I list on the common app?

kcgirl316kcgirl316 Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
I’m only a junior so I have a few months to think this over, but what activities should I include on my common app and how should I rank them from 1-10?? My intended major is biology or psychology, and I want to go to med school after undergrad if that makes a difference. Here are my activities:

- I’ve been in student council all 4 years, and
my junior and senior year I got a varsity letter in student council (meaning I attended 90% of the meetings and held committee head positions for homecoming and blood drives).
- I’ve spent the past 3 summers volunteering as a counselor for a girls in stem camp for my school district where middle school girls do science oriented activities, and also learn how to build and program robots.
- I’m also a leader of my schools girls in stem club, that hosts camps occasionally throughout the school year for middle and elementary school girls interested in the stem field.
- I have 200+ volunteer hours at a local hospital. I’ve volunteered in multiple departments including transportation (transporting patients to their rooms, x-rays, ct scans, etc by wheelchair), nutrition (preparing and delivering patient’s specialized meal orders), admitting desk (admitting people into the hospital, answering calls, showing people directions to places, etc), and emergency admitting (helping to admit people into the emergency department)
- I have 50+ hours shadowing a family friend who is a physician. Since I know her pretty well, she allowed me to do things that an ovserver wouldn’t normally be allowed to do such as enter patient info into the computer, etc, and I learned a lot through this experience.
- I have been a member of a Hindu youth group affiliated with my temple since freshman year. My sophomore year I was the treasurer, and now I am the Vice President. Through the youth group I have done a lot of community service for the temple, and hosted many fundraisers to raise money for the temple as well.
- At the start of my junior year I joined DECA. I placed 2nd place for my test in hotel and lodging management at the regional level, and qualified for state where I placed 9th for my roleplay out of around 100 people in my event.
- I have been taking bollywood dance classes for 12 years, and have also been performing at various cultural events for that long.
- For the past 2 years I have also been choreographing and teaching bollywood dance to a group of 8-10 year old girls, for them to perform at local cultural events. They perform about 3 times a year.
- Since my choreographing and teaching was a success I set up a summer bollywood dance camp this summer, and about 15 girls attended. All money made from this camp were donated to a charity run by a close family friend of ours in India, and will be helping an indian orphanage with disabled children. I plan to do it again this summer.
- During my sophomore and junior school year I tutored 3 4th graders in English
- I’m a member of make-a-wish club, which is a club that holds fundraisers throughout the school year to raise money to grant the wish of a terminally ill kid (in partnership with the make-a-wish foundation)
- I’m a member of the national honor society
- I’ve also been a member of my schools medical society since freshman year.
- For the past 4 years I have spent a few days over the summer volunteering at our public libraries summer reading program desk, and handing out stickers, prizes, etc to kids who complete the summer reading challenges
- I’m a part of a program at my school called the 21st century medical professions academy. It’s a highly selective program I applied for as an 8th grader (it required multiple essays and an interview process), and through this program I am able to take higher level science courses such as advanced biotechnology, and honors genetics, (so I have a lot of lab experience).
- One of the opportunities for this program is that senior year I can choose to complete a medical internship during my 7th hour of school. If we want to do the internship we get to choose what kind of internship we want, and I have chosen to complete one with either a psychiatrist or an obstetrician. Both are fields I am highly interested in, and I am hoping this will give me a lot of experience.
- I just recently got hired as an assistant worker at Kumon, where I will grade papers and help students with their work.
- I’m in the process of securing a research internship for the upcoming summer in a cancer lab at the university of kansas medical center.
- Over the summer I am also going to volunteer over the weekends with an organization that helps adults with learning disabilities, and teach them how to read, write, etc
- I have been taking art classes for 8 years, and it’s probably the hobby I spend the most time on
- I’ve been doing yoga classes for 2 years, and this summer I am going to be taking teacher training classes to get my teaching certification
- One of my other favorite hobbies is baking.

Replies to: which 10 activities should I list on the common app?

  • kcgirl316kcgirl316 Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    Oh and this summer I have a one week leadership internship for a camp for middle schoolers called camp invention
  • kcgirl316kcgirl316 Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    Can anyone answer this??
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 5,828 Senior Member
    You don't list 10 things b/c there are 10 spaces. It's ok to leave spaces blank.

    Many of your ECs are better grouped together: for example, all the Bollywood parts, or all the tutoring, or all the community service. In general: fewer ECs, but ones that show commitment over time, evolution in the way you participate/engage with it (such as increasing responsibility/leadership positions). It's also good to think about how your ECs relate to the rest of your application. That does *not* mean that they have to match! You can show some career-interested ECs, balanced by some ECs that speak to another part of you.
  • ultimatesatultimatesat Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    Second to what has been said above. Group your activities together, either by theme or type, so that you can provide a condensed summary of your ECs. But more importantly, don't try to pack everything into CA section--it is important to rank your activities in the order of significance. What activities show the most about you? Which activities were the most meaningful? Grappling with these questions will help you boil down your activities list into manageable chunks. I hope this helps.
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