Apparently it wouldn't let me post this because of disallowed links to my Unity game examples. Darn. Let me know if you'd like me to try and send them a different way.
@MariTheTrex --- Assuming you aren't talking about financial aid awards from schools (as currently, I don't think any of us here have applied yet), I would say - maybe? I mean, I used to do figure skating competitions, but they were all through ISI, so they were more of recreational competitions. So honestly, I don't think so.
My middle school (7-8) also had a team competing in the Academic Pentathlon (middle school level of the Decathlon, with Math, History, Language Arts, Science, and Fine Arts). We did really well in regionals and made it to state level of competition (California, and a couple hours from the central valley if it makes a difference). I also got the top math score in our region. My best friend and I also got the top two language arts scores in our region (her first, me second). So that's something I'm pretty proud of.
Unfortunately, COVID caused our schools to shut down so we couldn’t finish the state level of competition. Also, I participated in 7th grade (2019-20) and plan to do so again this year. I absolutely would have LOVED to do it in 6th grade, but my that’s part of elem. in my district so I couldn’t, unfortunately. If we can do Pentathlon again this year (I don’t know if we’d be able to if we have to do distance learning), I plan on participating. I heard some rumors from my teachers that the school is planning on not doing Pentathlon, and having an MSPDP (middle school public debate program or something) team instead. However, if that is the case, my best friend and I are planning on fighting against the administration to ensure that we either get:
- Just Pentathlon
- Both Pentathlon and MSPDP
Regardless of which teams we get, I planning on participating on both (or one, depending on what we get). So yeah.
Also, I need some advice. I feel like I'm not super strong in the extracurricular department. I'm really strong in math, and I love it, so I've spent time in quarantine working on increasing my knowledge. I also began learning a little bit of German a couple years ago (American citizen and family, but I was born there and lived there for like a year. We moved back to the US when I was three, been here for the past decade), but stopped because I couldn't find the time. One of my parents has a (pirated) copy of Rosetta Stone with capability to access all the languages on it, so I'm going be trying to work on learning it a bit more. I also really want to learn Korean, so I think I'm going to try my best to do that too.
I don't play any sports except figure skating (ISI level 2-3). While I can't go now, I used to go to the rink closest to us about once a week to practice and work with my coach. I also have been taking classes from Hackingtons Code School (hackingtons.com) for the past two and half or so years. I'm very skilled at HTML, CSS, Scratch, and Python (black belt in their skill measuring/ranking system). I'd share some websites, but my best ones have too much personal info. Currently I'm working on learning some C#/Unity, then I'll be learning JS.
I also play violin, and I’d say I’m maybe an intermediate student?? I take lessons and try to practice a few hours each week. We have an orchestra at my school so I was a part of that as my elective. We did several concerts and I also participated in Honor Orchestra (basically honor band but only strings). I was also the only 7th grader who was a first violin.
Oh, and I'm starting to work on writing a novel. I plan to self publish it.
I think my problem is that I’m involved in a bunch of things, but I’m not fully committed to any of them, I spread myself too thin. Any advice?
Sorry for the overly long post.