extracurriculars senior year

<p>So, it's finally my senior year and I have leadership positions in several clubs, namely Mock Trial (Captain) and Key Club (Vice President). I've worked my butt off these past few years, so I'm pretty well-respected in both of these.</p>

<p>That sounds wonderful and all, but there's just one problem: I really don't want to be involved in both of these clubs anymore. I joined Mock Trial freshman year because I wanted to better my speaking skills (and I did), but I've never found it particularly satisfying. I realize now that I'd much rather be on the school's literary magazine, but I can't because their meetings are during the same time as Mock Trial. And Key Club used to be a club full of wonderful, motivated students, but now it's just filled with students who honestly don't do much and have this attitude of being a part of it just for college.</p>

<p>So my question is, how do colleges check your involvement in your extracurriculars senior year? Would it hurt to lower my participation in these?</p>

<p>So, you accepted leadership positions, that others could have taken, in two clubs you now want to quit, having gotten those positions and loading up your resume. Not only that, these two clubs are depending on you for leadership, and you want to dump them.</p>

<p>I’d be real careful about that information getting out before any rec letters are locked in from anyone, including college advisors. In fact, until you have admission in hand, I’d be careful about making anyone mad. You never know when you’ll need someone to push you over the acceptance line. </p>

<p>This definitely doesn’t make you look good. If you were just a participant, I’d say no problem. The time to get out was BEFORE you took the leadership positions. Now you just look like those kids you describe in Key Club.</p>

<p>I agree that would be a selfish behavior and being not considerate. At least, you should make corresponding changes on your college application and notify all your recommenders and counselor about your decision before you submit any application. Otherwise, it may be considered as a false claim. The real problem is, that shows you are lack of passion on what you have done for years.</p>

<p>I wouldn’t say that I’m being selfish or that I got these positions just for college. What I’m trying to say is that my passions have shifted. During my freshman and sophomore years, I spent a long, long time on those cases for Mock Trial and I really wanted to work hard on improving myself through that club. You see, I used to be shy in middle school… so I vigorously tried to change that by forcing myself to engage in things that I wasn’t comfortable with. Junior year, I was captain and I continued to present my cases in better ways than before. However, over the summer… Susan Cain helped me realize some things about myself that I had tried to deny. Her story was like my story, and the fact that she quit being a lawyer to write a book kind of inspired me.</p>

<p>I guess that will just have to wait :)</p>

<p>Read the book, and it’s a great book, but you made a commitment. You really need to follow through on it. That’s part of being an adult.</p>

<p>Your college’s literary magazine will probably be much more fulfilling, anyway.</p>

<p>Thanks for the reply. I’m now embarrassed that I even wrote that original post, since I usually won’t think about abandoning something that people will count on me for. Aghhhhhhhhh am I experiencing symptoms of senioritis?</p>

<p>I sure hope not. Anyways, I’m going to continue on these roles that I signed up for.</p>

<p>Sometimes what sounds good in your head doesn’t look so good on paper. </p>

<p>That’s what we’re here for. No harm, no foul.</p>