So I’m at crossroads as I begin my junior year. I’m Canadian so I’d be an international applicant but I’ve always wanted to apply to the ivies. I’m a great student academically, with a 43+ predicted IB score and a 35 on the ACT. However, my main extracurricular has always been cross country/track. I’ve done it since 7th grade although I was never really thrilled about it. It was one of the only sports that I became really good at. Heading into my junior year, it’s likely I’d become team captain even though my times have dropped this past year. I’ve realized I absolutely despise the sport and never look forward to running. I don’t have a passion, just mere natural talent. To be clear I’m not ‘recruiting’ good. I really want to drop out of the sport especially considering the time commitment involved. However it’s one of my only ECs that show heavy commitment. Over the past year I’ve also faced body dismorphia over how skinny I’ve become doing the sport. I feel like I’d be a lot happier if I neVer had to do the sport again. But it seems like it’s one of my ‘hooks.’ As an international student I already know that my chances are extremely low and I feel like I’m just wasting my time on some dream that’s not bound to happen
P.S. If I drop out of track I really wanted to join boxing/jiu-jitsu but I was told it doesn’t look good on a college application and it’s unlikely that in these two years I’d rack up any accomplishments or leadership positions the way I could do with track.