I am currently a high school junior, and I’m typing this out as I stare at my blank NHS application.
Edit: Sorry, I should clarify: below applies to my college application, not NHS.
I only hold three leadership positions, I have no awards (besides band, which doesn’t count because it’s not individual), and I have only volunteered three times. The only upsides are that I am in 11 clubs, and I have 100 hours for volunteering at a local hospital. It’s pretty depressing.
So now to my main point: it is too little, but is it too late? It is my junior year after all, which I know is when the action really happens, but I honestly don’t know how I can go from this to a noteworthy application in just a year.
I’d really appreciate it if someone can give me a reality check, and just tell me straight up if it’s worthless even thinking I have a shot at semi-competitive colleges. Also, some quick questions:
-There are opportunities to achieve academic awards in school, but should I turn to the more difficult opportunities outside of school instead?
-Work at a tutor center, or intern/shadow somewhere more relative to my future major?
-Does being three years ahead in math actually mean something if the grades I made are low-medium A’s?
-I genuinely want to help the community by organizing mental-awareness events for my club, but should I concentrate on more application-appealing events instead?
-Which matters more: quantity or quality(hours per each) of volunteering?
Thank you so much for reading! I’d really appreciate it if you could attempt answering all of my questions, but I’d be grateful enough if you just answer one or two. I know this is a long post sorry!