Are Multiple Passions Bad?

<p>In the college game, yes. In life, no.</p>

<p>Umm, plus with those stats, you should be able to get in just about anywhere you want. Don't worry about it.</p>

<p>Thanks for all of your assistance! </p>

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In the college game, yes. In life, no.

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<p>That sums it up pretty well =)</p>

<p>Wait, so did you take AP physics and AP calc as a sophomore? Impressive.</p>

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In the college game, yes.

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<p>Disagree. On my Yale acceptance I had a note written from my regional admissions officer complimenting me on my commitment to diverse interests and balance thereof. The key is presenting your multiple passions well so that it doesn't appear thinly spread out.</p>

<p>Edit: It might have been an invitation to an admitted students night that had the note. I don't remember.</p>

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Wait, so did you take AP physics and AP calc as a sophomore? Impressive.

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<p>Yes, as far as sciences are concerned I took AP Calculus BC, AP Physics B, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: E&M, AP Biology, Multivariable Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra this year.</p>

<p>Furthermore, I intend to have taken AP English Language, AP US History, AP Chemistry, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Environmental Science, AP Statistics next year, Differential Equations, and Physics w/ Calculus III by the end of Junior year.</p>

<p>No, multiple passions will not hurt you. This idea that you have to care about one thing and only one thing is a pernicious myth.</p>

<p>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. Dont believe me?</p>

<p>WikiAnswers</a> - How do you get into Stanford University</p>

<p>Yes I do know it is a wiki article but trust me, you will like it (at least some of you will)</p>

<p>I think its okay if you have multiplee passions meaning one or two, but if you show a "passion" for everything, you have a passion for nothing. Just think of it as life. Colleges dont want the kids who do everything possible, they want kids who will actually do something they have great interest for in their future.</p>

<p>I don't see anything wrong with having more than one passion. :P That's why double majors exist, for people like you who want to follow more than one strict path (not that you HAVE to double, but it's a possibility).</p>

<p>Just be genuine. If it's something that you love, make it clear that you love it, and WHY you love it. From your activities, it seems clear that you enjoy politics and mathematics. Colleges don't just want people who only see one way and one way only; they want people who are well rounded and have an open mind. </p>

<p>Not to mention, I think it's a really interesting combination of interests you've got there...</p>

<p>I would love to double major if I were given the opportunity to do so! Thanks for all of the assistance, I really appreciate your advice. Also, will the fact that I take a lot of science classes and am involved with science research hurt me? (as science is really something that's associated with math/politics but I still love pursuing it)</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>^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.</p>

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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.

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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. </p>

<p>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?</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>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."</p>

<p>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.</p>

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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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<p>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.</p>

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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."</p>

<p>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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<p>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.</p>

<p>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.</p>

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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.

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<p>And yet, this in no way demonstrates that having multiple "passions" hurts you in college admissions.</p>

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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.)

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<p>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.</p>