just a question about COLLEGES....

<p>i had a friend who was AWESOME at cooking....
she made her own cooking book and began teaching cooking to moms...
.... she sent her cooking book with her app. to Harvard....
Harvard accepted and even commended her for her work...</p>

<p>i also know a girl who saw many of her asian friends struggling to
learn English better....
so she began writing comic books that taught English in proper way...
... she published 8 series....
... also got accepted to Havard with commendments....</p>

<p>....
with all this said...
do colleges really look for a single passion in the applicant's life
that would motivate that student... or do they care more for
well-roundedness??</p>

<p>i've been playing the flute for 8 years now....
i've made Governor's Honors Program (chosen 1 out of 3 in the whole state)
i've made county honor band every year
i've made distric and State level honor band every year....</p>

<p>... however, i don't plan to major in music, much less flute....</p>

<p>am i wasting my time with flute (started as a hobby) or will my "passionate"
hobby lead me to a good business school, my dream major?</p>

<p>You mean that you are only playing the flute to get into college, otherwise it is a waste of time? Well, you've answered your own question then. </p>

<p>Musical accomplishment is a good thing, and your State level recognition is impressive. But realize many people have this EC. Where the examples that you cite above are quite different from the norm and show someone that found a need and filled it--an outside the box thinker with the drive to do something about it.</p>

<p>Right. So does playing the flute having anything to do with your major?</p>

<p>i'm DEFINITELY NOT playing the flute for college purpose...</p>

<p>....i dunno, music's been a huge chunk of my life ever since grade skool
that i'll bet music will stick with me through college...</p>

<p>i'm interested in business...
so i'm in the middle of researching music production business..
... doesn't have to do with flute...</p>

<p>unfortunately, as great of an accomplishment you have done with flute (it is pretty respectable to the eyes of most top college adcoms), playing the flute well isn't "outside the box" like creating own cookbook or comics. </p>

<p>your passion on the flute can help you by giving you a topic to write about in your college essay. however, you won't be admitted alone by just good grades and excellent flute playing, because this can be duplicated by many others (i.e. other district and state honors band members... from all 50 states). </p>

<p>i would recommend that you keep your hobby, as doing things you love in life is priceless. however, i would recommend you looking into extracurricular activities than enhance your leadership skills, public speaking skills, negotiation style, teamwork skills, organization skills, etc. because that's what ultimately businesses are looking for, and that's what a good business school will challenge you on. you'll need confidence during your interview and you can build that up by doing things to learn those aforementioned skills.</p>