Cheerleading?

<p>Would four years of Varsity cheering look good to colleges? What about if it is accompanied by 13 years (by the end of high school) of dance lessons? And if I'm co-captain senior year?</p>

<p>Do colleges even view cheering as a sport? I'm going to do cheering regardless, but I'd appreciate everyone's input!</p>

<p>anything that you put real time and effort into is something that will be considered by a college. what it is classified as is not important.</p>

<p>Thanks! But what I meant to ask was: does cheerleading look as good on paper as, for example, field hockey.</p>

<p>I don't see why one sport (or activity) would be preferred over another.</p>

<p>A little known fact: Every college in the nation has agreed to adopt the Common Ranking of Athletic Pastimes, a list of all the sports out there, and how valuable it is in terms of admissions. So athletes who participate in the top ranked sport are viewed much more favorably than those who participate in lower ranked sports. The list looks a little something like this:</p>

<ol>
<li>Nascar</li>
<li>Biathlon</li>
<li>Curling</li>
<li>Bowling/Billiards (tie)</li>
<li>Snorkeling</li>
<li>Field Hockey (mens)
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<li>Field Hockey (women's)</li>
<li>Football</li>
<li>Wii Sports/Other Video Games</li>
<li>Poker</li>
<li>Cheerleading</li>
<li>Dance</li>
<li>Golf</li>
</ol>

<p>Clearly, Field Hockey would be the better option. Although neither is going to matter much.</p>

<p>I disagree very strongly. You clearly have an INTEREST in cheerleading. Perhaps you like field hockey too, but your commitment to dance, and your (soon to be?) commitment to cheerleading as well is wonderful. If you are at an interview, or a mini-essay, or even a scholarship asks you about your sport and why you like it, you will have a much better essay about how much you love cheerleading, and how it impacted your life than you would anything else.</p>

<p>Also, its common knowledge that cheerleaders have very little time, theres football season, basketball season and competition season. Even if you only do one or 2 seasons a year, they know how big of a commitment that is, and as long as your grades are good, cheerleading strengthens your application.</p>

<p>I didn't do any sports, and I'm a senior now...I'm not too worried for the places I apply...but I say that you should do cheerleading.</p>

<p>^newest newb...where did you find that list?</p>

<p>pink...i think newest was kidding...</p>

<p>lol @ newest newb: Wii Sports was totally at the top of the list, I don't know what you were looking at :-)</p>

<p>@ OP: Cheerleading is a sport and can only help you, especially if someone's been doing it as long as you have. I don't see how cheerleading could be below field hockey in any way, shape, or form (unless you were applying for some feminist scholarship or something, where something like cheerleading would "objectify women," as opposed to field hockey which would would "empower women" :-)</p>

<p>newest newb was joking, there is no actual list.</p>

<p>Colleges would rather see passion than one specific sport.</p>

<p>extracurriculars don't nor will they ever matter,</p>

<p>haha, let's see you try to get into any top school with no ec's...that'd make a great thread</p>

<p>Thank you everyone for maaking me laugh.</p>

<p>Thanks for all your input guys! (And sorry the thanks is a few months late!)
But the thing is I go to an all-girls school, so that's who we cheer for (don't ask why we don't cheer for our brother school, I don't know why either). Is that a problem at all?</p>

<p>Also, I've only ever taken dance lessons; I've never actually competed. Will colleges be OK with this?</p>

<p>You're overthinking this!!! Adcoms aren't going to be looking through your file, see that you're a cheerleader but then totally disregard it because you cheered for girls. Likewise, they're not going to care -- even realize -- that you haven't participated in dance competitions.</p>

<p>Take a deep breath and ENJOY it!</p>

<p>
[quote]
101. Cheerleading
102. Dance
103. Golf

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<p>Why is golf down there? Just wanna see your ideas.</p>

<p>I think Field Hockey being anywhere near the top of any list except "worst sports ever invented" is enough to tell you "Durr, it's a joke."</p>