Hi. Are the top colleges aware of that the EC climate and culture might vary from the US one?
I see some kids with 500 hours of community service, dozens of awards and Founder of a doze clubs based on ethnicity or whatever.
I am from Denmark. Over here all of those things are completely absurd. Awards even barely exist, doing community service is for prison inmates and we don't really have clubs either. We do have different ethnic groups, but creating a club for one would cause racial separation on the school and a lesser of feeling of togetherness across the various races.
Sports are also outside of school and an entirely private thing, it's like playing video games, it has no relation to school whatsoever. A hobby.
The admission process is also different, it's similar to the one in UK.
Students get admitted to the degree purely based on GPA. The ones who have the highest GPA gain entrance first, then the second highest and etc. until all the spots are full. Naturally the high school system is shaped by this.
We do have some National Math and Science teams, they practice a couple of hours per week in their mom's basement with no tutoring or hardcore training.
Do the top colleges consider this?
I have become President of some prestigious national associations, done some high profile internships and summer programs though, to keep up with the US kids, but I'm just wondering if colleges expect the same style of EC activities.