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Is the standard college admission model biassed against introverts?
Sorry if this is long, but I need to frame the question: D22 is an excellent student, participates in class, is intellectually curious, has a group of friends, but by the time the school day is over, she is shot. As an introvert, a full day of socializing in school is enough for her, and she really does not want more "people" after 4pm. She does participate in clubs (literary magazine, tech crew for play, choral groups), but does not find leadership roles appealing as she is very reserved. So in thinking about college applications, will she have the "resume" for selective schools that might match her intellectual and academic ability? Talking about schools like Williams, Haverford, Lehigh, CMU, UVa, Cornell.... It seems to me that once passing an academic bar, these schools look for particular extracurricular boxes to be checked off before proceeding (especially multiple leadership roles). Is this assumption in error? In general, how do admissions officers weigh activities relative to the essay and recs? Is there variability in weighing these components depending on proposed major (she is a STEM kid)? Appreciate your thoughts and advice!28 replies