Siemens Competition Awards but Applying for Poli Sci

<p>In the past two years I have been a Regional Finalist and a Semi-Finalist in the Siemens Competition. How can I use these awards most effectively on my apps as someone who is not planning on pursuing science in college, but rather political science.</p>

<p>I'm not sure but I don't think the major influences college admissions that much (unless, say, you're applying to wharton for business.)</p>

<p>I think the issue is that the award shows passion for science but he wants to do poli sci</p>

<p>anyway, I think you could explain that you really like science but you like political science more.</p>

<p>thats all I got :)</p>

<p>Very simple--just put undecided for major. Then the Siemens will have the same weight as if you are declaring one of the sciences.</p>

<p>Thanks for the input, but I'm guess that what I'm really asking is how do I put science in its proper context in my application. With essays, interviews, and a passion for government and political related interests, I don't think I could pull off just pretending that I'm intending on pursuing science by declaring undecided. I don't want all my science activities to just be something I did on the side, but I'm not sure how to frame them in the correct light.</p>

<p>Was Siemens in any way connected to your interest in poli sci (ie, are the two related in a way you could convey to colleges)? </p>

<p>If not, it's perfectly normal for kids to have interests and talents outside of their declared major. Besides which, kids rarely adhere to the major they declare--colleges know this.</p>

<p>Consider writing an essay on the importance of understanding science and technology to develop sound public policy and how your Siemens experience will help you in pursuing your interest in political science.</p>

<p>I agree with citdad. Write one of your essays and talk about how the process of participating changed your view, helped you, either related to policy or simply related to the dedication required for a project of that magnitude. Writing about the personal growth from the dedication needed to get to that level of competition, as opposed to the material itself is more interesting no matter what your intended major. It sounds trite, but it's not the destination, but the journey. What did you learn about yourself? That's what they want to know.</p>