Nomination vs. Actually going

<p>Okay, so the title is pretty much self-explanatory... but essentially, I was nominated for this and that, but I never went to any of them because I didn't want to pay $5,000 to go to a workshop that "teaches leadership skills".</p>

<p>Anyone know if this is going to hurt me in my application? I'm applying to Duke, Yale, Princeton, MIT, and Stanford.</p>

<p>P.S. Usually I don't post twice, but I haven't really gotten a lot of feedback :-/</p>

<p>i've been nominated to a whole lot of things too and never went to most of them.. for example nylf, presidential classroom, etc.</p>

<p>the fact that you didnt go won't hurt you.. it could only help if you went. but just being nominated might not help you either. i dunno whether to even put the nominations on my app or not</p>

<p>Harvardhopeful05 -</p>

<p>I wasn't getting a lot of feedback from this thread, so I posted the same thing up in the Financial Aid & Scholarship area (<a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;)&lt;/p>

<p>I'm still not quite sure of my decision.</p>

<p>I have the same problem here, a lot of nomination but didn't go for most of them...
would those nominations be consider as awards or honors for the collee apps.?</p>

<p>The 'nominations" are worthless. Going to them will not impress the most selective colleges because they aren't expected by "honors" that students pay for.</p>

<p>Going to them might impress less selective colleges that are used to getting student applicants who wouldn't dream of doing anything remotely academic during their vacation time.</p>

<p>Going to the programs also might give you valuable info that could help you with your career.</p>

<p>If I were well off, and had a kid whose career/EC interests matched such a program, I might send them. I'd send them to learn about the field and to have fun. I would not expect colleges to be impressed at all, though.</p>

<p>Since I am not well off, we pass on such programs.</p>

<p>thankyou northstarmom for the advice. i guess i won't write my nominations on the app then. =D</p>