Can an EC ever hurt your chances?

<p>I've heard that in some cases, a particular extracurricular can hurt your application. For example, if your an asian applicant listing math team, that would hurt you.</p>

<p>An EC probably doesn't directly hurt you, but if you look at ECs for kids who are obviously driven, they often include stereotypical ECs like orchestra, chess club, cross country as their sport, math competitions, etc. If the essays don't match up with the interests exhibited by ECs, it could hurt the application. Just my two cents.</p>