Hi! I’m a rising senior looking for advice on how to make myself a more competitive applicant with my ECs. A few reaches I’m planning on applying to are Duke, Penn, Notre Dame, Yale, and Brown.
Background: Public HS, URM-black and female, child of African immigrants
Fields of Interest: Spanish and Pyschology, hope to study abroad. Pre-law
Spanish Honor Society:10-12
Treasurer(10), Co-Pres(11), President(12)
It’s been difficult getting members active especially this year but it got better in the 2nd semester. I initiated a drive for Jandrucko Academy, the Pre-K school in my school district and we were able to collect over 100 items. I read 86 books in Spanish virtually to Jandrucko’s bilingual classes. We had a Cinco De Mayo social this year and sent cards to terminally ill kids.
Last year we volunteered at Mission Arlington’s Christmas Toy shop.
If you aren’t already familiar with this activity, it’s my high school’s dance team. We dance at all varsity football games and pep rallies. We also do competitions and dance at community events like Toys for Tots, Holiday Parades, Craft Fairs, etc.
Secretary role would include: Making spirit exchange gifts for other drill teams, awarding teacher of the week, choosing Spirit Girl of the Week, planning banquets, parties, team bonding, and all other social events for the team. As Secretary specifically I’ll take notes during meetings and handle correspondence with other clubs.
Freshman and Sophomore Representative, Editor(11), Treasurer(12).
I’ve participated in Socks for Schools/Socks for Legs my first two years. I sold socks to people in my community to support the particular cause. Some activities.I’ve made wrist mums for the Special needs kids at our school in 2019 with this organization, have packaged canned food for needy students, prepared food for hospitalized children. Our club applied to host a HerDrive this summer(women’s hygiene and personal care drive) and I’ll be an administrator
Junior year I was virtual and not in the class and wasn’t chosen for the competition team.
However I won regional and district awards(1st overall) my sophomore year and it was a lot of fun so I plan to do it again next year.
Student leader of Church Youth Group(9-12)
Right now I will be applying to schools as a Spanish minor. Spanish Honor Society is my favorite and most important EC. We don’t have many members but we’ve improved over this past semester. The other officers and I plan to reach out to other Spanish Honor Societies and clubs in our district and neighboring ones to plan conjoint socials and service events to maximize engagement and impact on our community. I may help teach a Spanish 101 class at my local library if they manage to get more volunteers. I’m reaching out to linguistic psychology professors to see if I can do research with them because psych is my other field of interest.
Achievements related to Spanish
Gold Medalist on National Spanish Exam(top 5% of test takers) grades 9&10, first ever to achieve this at school
Silver Medalist in Grade 11 even though I wasn’t in Spanish class.
Spanish 2 award freshman year.
*self studied for AP Spanish 4 exam, if I get a 4 or 5 I’ll report it
My goal is just to submit the strongest app possible with what I’ve already done! No hate pls just want to do my best:)