Academic ECs vs Real Life ECs?

<p>What do colleges value more?</p>

<p>Being president of your class or CEO of a company?
Co-authoring a paper as an intern or authoring a paper as any other researcher?
Winning the robotics competition or designing and marketing a robot?
Debating in a classroom with students or in a conference room with the board of a company?
Model UN or working for a diplomat?
Winning the creative writing contest or being a regular in a major newspaper?</p>

<p>Is it better to be competing against fellow HS students or, well, everyone?</p>


<p>Interesting, but I would assume that the real life EC's that you listed would weigh much more then the other "academic" EC's you listed - that is, if you can get it that way. Although, at the same time, I'm sure they would want to see that you are actively contributing to the community in your school.</p>