ok i'm focusing basically on my extracurriculars, because i think the issue on SAT scores and academics is pretty basic- the higher the better lol. so these are my main extracurricular activities (as well as any leadership positions held within them) and i was wondering whether they were good enough for the Ivies/top US schools:
- Deputy Head Girl in yr 12, Prefect in yrs 10 and 11 (might possible be Head Girl next year, fingers crossed!)
- School newspaper- currently Sub-Editor and have been selected as Editor for next year
- MUN Club- Have taken part in several conferences, including an international one, and have been appointed as one of the MUN Directors for next year, which is basically the highest post of leadership possible. Will also be attending 2 international conferences the coming academic year, one of which is the Harvard MUN (SO EXCITED!)
- Yearbook Committee
- Guitar lessons for roughly 2-3 years
- Peer tutoring in maths
- Voluntary work- Have volunteered at several schools in my area, and will be volunteering this summer at an internationally accredited hospital. I'm also hoping to get accepted to this international community service project where I would go and help build houses for underprivileged families, I'm really keen on it and not just because it would look good on my application lol.
- Within my school, as a Deputy, I've organised and run several fund raising activities to support charitable organisations
So thats approximately it. I have participated in some Business fairs and projects and raised money for charity too, but not quite sure how to put that as it isn't an official club or anything
Now another question is, how do I present them on the Common Application? I've seen the activities/extracurriculars section, but, for instance what 'club/activity' do I put my Prefect and DHG positions under? I was thinking maybe Student Leadership, as a rough title for what the post entails?! I know Yale especially, which is my dream school, loves leadership and I have had a fair bit of leadership positions, so I'd want to highlight on them obviously.
Also, things like community service, there isn't really a separate section on the CA for it, so how would I write that down on my application? After all the work I've put into these activities, I wouldn't want a college overlooking them or perhaps not understanding them, so I would like some help in this area please.
Thank you for reading and tolerating my essay of sorts!
I'm shocked that any of those colleges even considered your application without any test scores.
Regarding presentation of EC's.
The Common App specifies that they be listed in order of importance to you. That is what I would suggest you do, thinking especially carefully about how you use the very limited space you have to describe the activity and honors achieved (if any). The Common App at one time limited you to seven activities but that restriction appears to be lifted for this coming year. Still space will constrain how much you can say about each one.
After filling out the activities section, print it out and try to look at it with fresh eyes. You should then decide if the constraints of format and space don't really tell the story you want to tell. For example you might have a whole history of escalating involvement and responsibility with MUN that just gets lost in a few lines of the Common App. If you feel this is the case, then create a resume that corrects this situation. As suggested, take advantage of the freer and more spacious format of a resume to go into depth about what is important to you. But make sure the resume is providing new insight into you--redundant information is not appreciated. I would suggest no more than one page, perhaps grouping less significant activities as "other" or omitting them altogether. Try to arrange it so you convey your story. If service and charity work is not your primary passion, don't put it at the top, but be flexible in your thinking about what you might feature there.
Oh, and don't be too creative with the overall format. Examine the look of the Common App and follow it fairly closely. Too much deviation will only confuse and slow down your reader who must read thousands of other applications. (There might be room for an exception to this in the case of graphics and arts types, but otherwise I wouldn't suggest too much visual creativity.)