If a student presents an extensive list of activities, an admission rep may wonder how committed they have been. I have had students involved in activities only because they wanted their applications to be considered more than others. I had a student with a 3.98 GPA that played varsity soccer and was a member of the township EMT working every weekend (he has held the EMT spot for 2 years). Another student with a 4.2 GPA, taught violin at the local daycare center once a week for 3 years to a group of 15 pre-k children. In addition, he was involved with the drama department which staged 2 productions each year. During the summer months he cleared trails for special education students making safe pathways for camping sessions in August. In his spare time, he took lessons for both guitar and piano and undertook two years of Music Theory, one at the Honors level and one at the AP level. Now, in comparison to several of his classmates he was not as involved as many others, yet his quality of activity far outweighed that of his peers.
You need to think about what activities you have or are involved with. Do your activities reflect quality? If you can answer yes, then you are probably involved with enough activities while also keeping your grades up.
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