Worried about not having enough Extra Curricular activities.

<p>Hey. I'm currently an 11th grader living in Northern Virginia. This is going to be a really long post, but I'd like some advice on what to do. :(</p>

<p>Let me say first off that I'm interested in computer science, which will probably be my major in college, and the college I'm interested in going to is Virginia Tech, which is supposed to have a good computer science program.</p>

<p>So, basically, next year I'm going to have to apply for colleges, and I'm just worried about one thing: not having enough extra curricular activities. The reason why I'm worried is that I did not do ANY ECs until this year, and this year I only signed up for one. Let me explain.</p>

<p>This year, I joined the Robotics team, where was admitted onto the build team (i.e. the people who actually work on the robot as opposed to random people who kind of sit there and watch other people do stuff) as a programmer, and participated in a regional competition for 3 days when the robot was completed. This was a very time consuming EC. I was required to stay after school every other day (some weeks I stayed after every day) for ~3 hours, and was required to come Saturdays (and some Sundays) every week from 10 AM to about 4 or 5 PM to work on the robot while it was being prepared for the competition. In the end, I would say I had around 60-70 hours of total work. On top of that, the competition was located at VCU in richmond, and took 3 days. Needless to say, this whole year up until now, when the club kind of let off, I was swamped. I had little time to tutor other people in "honor societies" or do other clubs/activities like my other friends were doing.</p>

<p>However, after school/robotics, I did do something else that will hopefully make colleges realize that I'm not slacking off in terms of ECs/out of school things: I created my own business, a web hosting company, where I essentially taught myself how to run a business and how selling web hosting works. I also designed the website for my company and used some prior knowledge as a coder to enhance the website. I ended up getting 10-15 clients, and most of them are still with the company and are still earning me profits each month.</p>

<p>Expected grades in school at the end of the year (once again, I'm a Junior):
Pre Calculus: A
Honors Physics: A
Spanish 4: A
AP English: B+/A
AP US History: B
Design/Tech (it's a shop class): A
Web development: A</p>

<p>Taking the following classes senior year:
AP Calculus AB
AP Computer Science A/AB (depending on what my school offers next year, hoping to get an A in this class which should overshadow my B+ in regular computer science where I didn't study for any tests, lol)
AP English: Lit
Spanish 5
Government 12 (regular)

So, anyway, my point - will the fact that I created a business and at the same time did a very time consuming EC be enough for colleges? Will colleges understand that I had little time to do other ECs with a job after school (web hosting business) + homework? Hopefully the fact that I took classes and did ECs/jobs related to my future major might help? I'm thinking I should do 2+ ECs next year, is this a good idea or is it already too late? Lol.</p>

<p>Relax, seriously. Colleges love to see someone who is passionate about a few ECs rather than a typical applicant with a laundry list of fluffy awards and clubs that don't mean much anyway. It sounds like you're really passionate about what you do, and this means more than if you had a bunch of ECs like NHS, which almost everyone is in, anyway. I got into some good colleges with only a little bit of debate and art ECs.</p>

<p>Lol, well that's good. :X</p>

<p>I'm not trying to sound nervous, it's just that I go to a very competitive high school in a county with a tough grading scale compared to others around here, where nearly everyone in the school is pushed to do 23897529837529385 ECs, so I feel kinda left out with 1/2 after schoola activities and 1 reward. XD</p>

<p>It's quality. Not quantity. :)</p>

<p>This is really good to hear. </p>

<p>Oh, and I meant "award" not "reward" in my post. Typo.</p>

<p>It's passion, not pretentious effort, which makes the different. Your classes, your EC, your business, your top college choice, they all point to one single interest. If more kids were more apt to find a topic that they were passionate about, we would have many more happy students, and we would have many more students applying to and attending colleges they WANT to attend, based on interest, not name.</p>

<p>Good for you, and best of luck to you.</p>

<p>you're good, man. honestly, that robotics thing sounds SO GOOD. I honestly envy you such an opportunity! </p>

<p>It definitely looks better than the typical "NHS" "Key Club tutoring", blah blah blah "I'm doing this for college" applicant...</p>


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<p>That would definitely be a good EC, even if you don't have leadership in it. That is actually a moderately serious club/ group. Even if you don't become leader, if you get some decent awards in that, that's MUCH better than being the president of a random club, or Key Club, or some minor position in more serious clubs such as yearbook or Newspaper group. etc. etc. where you don't put energy into.</p>

<p>Um, if you live in NOVA and you're applying to Tech, then you shouldn't worry TOO much.. However, admissions even at Tech is getting tougher, so you should definetely try for some more ECs... but I don't think it'll be a major problem because your grades are good and you seem to be "focused" on what you really enjoy(?)...</p>

<p>I'm on an FRC team too, and my situation is pretty similar. I've spent a lot of time with robotics -- about as much time as you have and in similar areas (mechanical subteam ftw!), building up to Team Leader at this point, and I haven't really taken an interest to useless honor societies and such. I'm in a few other engineering/tech clubs, but I'm not too worried about what colleges will think of my lack of a laundry list of ECs.</p>

<p>I think if you can convey your experiences with robotics well enough throughout your application, you'll shine to the adcoms. Your stats look solid and your business seems interesting too, which shows a lot of consistency in your interests/actions, instead of random fluff as others have mentioned.</p>

<p>I am First Robotic team this year too. How did you guys do ?</p>

<p>My situation is different. I want to major in Economic but have not done anything relating to Economic yet. Can you guys suggest me of something to do ?
It's hard for me since I studied 10th grade in my country, 11th grade in US, repeat junior year and then senior at another school in the US.</p>

<p>where do you go to school? i live in the area too...</p>