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Are Multiple Passions Bad?

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  • itryitry 480 replies68 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 548 Member
    Just find something you like a lot and work on that instead of doing everything. One or two and you'll be fine. You Do MUN and MC, so focus on government and the like.
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  • DataBoxDataBox 1630 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,661 Senior Member
    ^Hmmm...what makes you think that? My primary activities are mathematics based (i'm a highly ranked mathematician who has won several significant competitions and tournaments). Also, how is what I'm doing, everything? I appreciate the advice and would love it if you could elaborate a bit.
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  • locknlockn 2990 replies43 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,033 Senior Member
    It kind of does because I read articles about how people who were virtually president of everything, perfect grades, valedictorian, class president, and a few billion hours of volunteer work applied to Ivies and got rejected.
    The fact this this is considered to be an event worth writing about shows that it helps very much. Almost everyone is rejected, but people like that have much better odds.

    Really, for someone applying to a top school, DataBox couldn't possibly be in a better position. It would be surprising if he were rejected from Caltech, and he'll probably get into at least one of HYPSM. I mean, USAMO and class president? How often do you think they see both of those on the same resume?
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  • pdawggypdawggy 186 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 198 Junior Member
    I find it intriguing that any high schooler can even reach differential equations and Post AP physics. Can you even take those classes at your HS?
    You must be quite a gifted young man.
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  • itryitry 480 replies68 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 548 Member
    Oh im sorry DataBox. I wasnt aiming that towards you. Im just ****ed because there are all these kids at school going around like, "Oh i am in this club and that. Just doing this club gets you a 5% better chance into Ivies. I dont care if I dont lke this club or that one, i am just doing it to get into college."

    Just putting out there for people like that.
    What specifically in math? Business clubs maybe. Do you have FBLA in your school? if not search it and bring it to your school.
    If you like math, try looking at Princeton U courses.
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  • DataBoxDataBox 1630 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,661 Senior Member
    I find it intriguing that any high schooler can even reach differential equations and Post AP physics. Can you even take those classes at your HS?
    You must be quite a gifted young man.

    That's quite nice of you to say, I just try my best to succeed. None of those classes are offered at my high school. In fact, my high school doesn't have quite that many opportunities and the most AP's any sophomore had taken before me was one as it is generally against their policy to allow underclassmen to take APs (they allowed me to take multiple AP's because I was the second person in the history of my district to qualify for an olympiad final). I'm taking the post AP level classes at the local community colleges and Stanford University.
    I wasnt aiming that towards you. Im just ****ed because there are all these kids at school going around like, "Oh i am in this club and that. Just doing this club gets you a 5% better chance into Ivies. I dont care if I dont lke this club or that one, i am just doing it to get into college."

    Just putting out there for people like that.
    What specifically in math? Business clubs maybe. Do you have FBLA in your school? if not search it and bring it to your school.
    If you like math, try looking at Princeton U courses.

    Don't worry, I know where you are coming from. I tried starting an FLBA chapter at my school last year but was unable to secure an interested advisor. Well, I am taking math classes at Stanford U, Princeton would be impractical as its on the other side of the country.
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  • amciwamciw 1685 replies70 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,755 Senior Member
    How good are you at swimming? I'd assume you've already considered the possibility of recruitment for swimming in college, so it seems that you are not at Division-I level of ability, nor desire to swim in college (no offense intended with either conclusion.) If you are good enough and wish to, worrying about diverse interests is really unnecessary, since your athletic ability will guarantee you acceptance wherever you apply, especially when considering your academic achievement along with athletic ability.
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  • jessiehljessiehl 3296 replies32 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,328 Senior Member
    It kind of does because I read articles about how people who were virtually president of everything, perfect grades, valedictorian, class president, and a few billion hours of volunteer work applied to Ivies and got rejected. But then there was this kid who wasnt really part of many clubs at all started his own photography business to support his family who got in.

    And yet, this in no way demonstrates that having multiple "passions" hurts you in college admissions.
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  • DataBoxDataBox 1630 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,661 Senior Member
    How good are you at swimming? I'd assume you've already considered the possibility of recruitment for swimming in college, so it seems that you are not at Division-I level of ability, nor desire to swim in college (no offense intended with either conclusion.)

    I actually have never considered that as an option. I've been swimming competitively since I was 6, so I'll definitely look into that.
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  • snickers412snickers412 45 replies3 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    Only on this website would you find an applicant as qualified as the OP asking such a dumb question.

    How could multiple passions possibly be bad?
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  • yawnyawn 2062 replies79 discussions. Posts: 2,141 Senior Member
    ^ Absolutely agreed.
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  • DataBoxDataBox 1630 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,661 Senior Member
    Yawn, sorry, but I've never seen you post anything of any value in my life...
    Only on this website would you find an applicant as qualified as the OP asking such a dumb question.

    How could multiple passions possibly be bad?

    My counselor told me that having more than one passion was a huge drawback, and frankly I didn't agree with her, so I wanted to see if more people agreed with my opinion.
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  • yawnyawn 2062 replies79 discussions. Posts: 2,141 Senior Member
    Yawn, sorry, but I've never seen you post anything of any value in my life...
    *cough*
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/1062642009-post2.html
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/1062642138-post7.html
    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/1062659193-post11.html
    *cough*

    ...as for this thread, I added value by voicing popular support for the view set forth by snickers412, and therefore in the process implying you have little to worry about (and therefore possibly saving you from the many possible health problems associated with stress, such as myocardial infarction).
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  • DataBoxDataBox 1630 replies31 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,661 Senior Member
    Thanks for your advice.
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  • AllexasAllexas 76 replies8 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 84 Junior Member
    Dude, you're fine, stop worrying...
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