I have a few dumb questions about the Common App.
- I have been using the "&" symbol when describing my activities to save characters. Is this acceptable?
- I do track in the spring. Since I know I'm going to be on the team this next year, can I mark that I participated in 12th grade?
- I have a number of small yet prestigious leadership programs/ECs that only lasted a week. I feel like they would flesh out my application. If I should include them, where do I put them?
- New activities. I started a political debate club at my school last year and began writing for a blog on politics this summer. I fear that colleges will view them as fluff and think I'm just doing a few low-commitment things last minute to make my application look better, which isn't the case. I'm especially enthusiastic about the politics blog. How should I handle this?
Thanks for the feedback!