1.) I’m involved in many activities outside of school and have notable leadership in each, but have only minor involvement in about 2-3 school clubs (no awards, etc). Will I come off as selfish on my app since I’m not an avid participant in school activities? My hs has an average # of clubs, so that’s not really a problem. I have other interests that I can’t really follow in school.
2.) A large portion of my app is writing, but I decided not to join newspaper because I’m more of a creative poet/deadline hater. Does this make me seem small-minded?
3.) Most of my app is political activism/NGO work for my country in Europe (I was born/live here in the US, though, but my parents weren’t). Does this make me seem like I’m aloof or that I just don’t care about America/my community? Also, my school doesn’t offer debate or MUN, so will this damage the “authenticity” of my EC’s?
4.) I’m not really into STEM (good academically school-wise, but not really interested outside of school). Will this damage my chance at top schools?
5.) I’ve lead a research project about cognitive ability in terms of language learning (only scienc-y thing on my app lol), but the entire thing (including the letter I received from the prof) were from a uni outside of America. Will this mean less than if it were conducted in the US since things like that are more difficult to accomplish in this country (there isn’t as much academic competition there) ?
** and if anyone is wondering where I got my fears from: http://theweek.com/articles/486546/how-kid-into-ivy-league
Quote: Kim’s résumé was next. “The violin concertos and the symphony are impressive,” Kat said, then noted that Kim hadn’t participated in the school’s orchestra. Soon Kim appeared selfish and eerily single-minded, creepy even.
Ohmygoodness, I apologize for all these questions, but the entire process has made me soo anxious