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Is this considered a "hook" extracurricular?

xsi103920xsi103920 0 replies2 threads New Member
hi everyone,
using an alias here as I know many people IRL who are on this forum and I don't want my identity revealed lol
I've been really stressed seeing a lot of people talk about strong extracurriculars. I consider my list rather strong but they are not inherently academic so wanted to ask people's advice.
my most prominent extracurricular is that I developed an app prototype and won a UN international competition for it, and spoke at the Climate Summit on this app via an invitation by the UNIT team. I don't know anyone else on this forum who's participated in something like this which is why I thought it could be considered a "hook" (plus it made me really proud and happy) but it's also not one of the hooks described on all the lists- inherently academic Olympiad, athletics, legacy, etc. I do have other strong ECs, but my stats are a bit 'weak' (mid 1500s SAT and subject test scores, but not as. stellar GPA.)
I applied EA to Princeton University.
Thank you!
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  • skieuropeskieurope 39767 replies7241 threads Super Moderator
    which is why I thought it could be considered a "hook"
    It's not.

    It's a nice EC, but does not meet the definition of a hook.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 6921 replies60 threads Senior Member
    First, your app is in: now you just wait. Stewing only makes the wait harder.

    Second, there is a difference between a 'hook' and an EC that gets AO attention, The key to the difference is that a 'hook' is something that the college is looking for and *wants*: a mega-donation. Sports skills. URM. For some (but not all), legacy. Some colleges have particular prizes that they prize.

    An EC that gets AO attention, on the other hand is anything from the instrument they play (orchestra needs a double bass bassoon but not tubas this year) to your prize-winning App.

    Hooks are rare, and ECs that get AO attention are uncommon. My guess is that it will be what you wrote about your app that gets AO attention.

    Just be super-realistic:: this business of applying to super-selective colleges can be crushing.





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  • happy1happy1 23039 replies2275 threads Senior Member
    What you have is a very nice EC. A hook is when an applicant fulfills an institutional need of a college -- it is why a college would want one person above other similarly qualified applicants. Examples of hooks can include: a recruited quarterback for the football team, the child of a huge donor (hoping to get more donations), a person who will bring positive press to the school (ex. Malala). If you had a hook you would know it. Few people have hooks.

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  • hs2020dadhs2020dad 141 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Its a great EC and you should be proud of it.

    Don't think colleges have set definitions for terms like hook/tip/etc. If you framed your app in a way to highlight you skills well...it should work in your favor. If your intended major is say environmental/CS and you weaved a story around how your above EC fits with your career goals and/or with university culture - you did your job. Don't worry about if its a hook.
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  • cinnamon1212cinnamon1212 538 replies6 threads Member
    Just chiming in to say your SAT score is not "weak". Just a reality check!

    You have done the best you can and your application is done. Congratulations! Now it is out of your hands and worrying won't change anything.

    I can tell you this: you will be fine wherever you end up at college. Actually, more than fine. Things will work out for the best.
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