<p>Hi, I'm a high school junior...I've been talking with some seniors about college applications...and even though I still have a year to go...I'm sorta curious about some things. Some people I've talked to say that certain schools only allow 5 or so things to be listed on the list of awards and accomplishments while other say that you can add as many as you want. Does anyone know for sure?
Also, is it true that college don't care at all about the awards you won in middle school? It makes sense since high school is where it counts, but i've seen people list things from middle school...
One last question...I know people with HUGE activity lists. They're just massive. During freshman year, I tried a lot of clubs, but I stuck with 4 clubs that I care about and that I invest a lot of time in (I hold officer and chair positions in 2, and I do well in competitions of the other 2). Okay, people are telling me that not only is it important to have clubs that you care about, but you should also have a ridiculously large should i start desparately joining every club I can?</p>

<p>AAAHHH!! Don't listen to the people who say you need a large list of clubs!!! I hate people who just join and do everything to bulk up the resume!!! OK, sorry for the venting moment. I'm very passionate about that.</p>

<p>I think you've done just the right thing for trying out clubs and then sticking to a few, with leadership positions (which is great). I am a firm believer that colleges will know if people just did lots of things to look impressive, and that colleges prefer students who have sincere interests, have committed to those activities, have contributed to those interests, and have learned and matured as a result. I think you should NOT desperately join everything; it's probably more hurtful than beneficial. This applies to the top tier schools, in case you think I'm only speaking for lower tier.</p>

<p>As for how many awards and accomplishments can be listed, I don't know. For every college that I applied to, middle school accomplishments were not asked for. Some colleges don't even care about your freshman year.</p>

<p>I hope this is helpful. Please continue doing what you're interested in - it sounds like you're on the right track.</p>

<p>Okay, thanks...haha, I don't know why I'm even thinking about college applications right now. I think I spend too much time with seniors. Anyways, that post was really insightful, thanks again.</p>