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04 Dec 5 Activities That Don't Help Your College Application



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In general, these activities won’t help your college application very much. Instead, focus your attention on what will improve your admissions chances!

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5 Activities That Don’t Help Your College Application

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  • SupertutorTV
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    IN RESPONSE TO YOUR CRITIQUES — Check out the response video to this somewhat controversial topic for more:


  • Peyton Holliday
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    Would you consider National Honors Society “fluff”? I’m in a bunch of volunteer organizations at my school because helping people makes me feel good but everyone at my school applying to National Honors Society is applying because they think it will look good on their college applications. I heard they do volunteer work but is it true volunteer work if everyone there is artificial and doing it for personal gain? Someone please give me answers! I’ve put so much thought into it and I’m not sure if NHS would be worth applying to.

  • Haoting Yang
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    This video is so realistic. I participated activities in school basically just for fun, I never think about to join certain activities make my high school life stunning

  • Leah Veloz
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    ok this woman is telling us that you shouldn’t participate on the swim team if you aren’t that good? how about if you just enjoy it?! sports are all about having fun and learning the qualities of a good team member. i don’t think colleges care if you win every fucking swim meet, just as long as you are on it and you stayed with it and learned how to manage your time. that statement from her really bothered me.

  • Alli Coast
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    After watching this video im determined that im not getting into college and ill just end up living in box.

  • Kate lives to dance
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    Ok the volunteer work thing isn’t always true…

    I volunteer all my summer to being at a camp for kids with special needs and I want to be a therapist for kids with special needs so I actually wrote an essay on that and I was just admitted to Cornell. DONT ALWAYS LISTEN TO THIS ADVICE!

  • Melancholy Zhane
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    “Sitting on his lap”?

    Sorry, shouldn’t that be “sitting on his/her lap?”

  • jesusthroughmary
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    VERY FEW people actually "change the world". It sounds great but it's just an empty platitude.

  • Ange Djonou
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    I am international student and in my country, there a not all these possibilities of leadership and it is very hard for a high-school student to create an organization to help the community. The best we can do is maybe donate an organization that helps the needy… Now, I feel like my application to Stanford is nothing but crap.

  • Akhil Gutta
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    What’s some good volunteer work a freshman can do

  • Javier Rodriguez
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    I need recommendations. I'm an US citizen but I've live almost all my life in Nicaragua, so, I not familiar with the process to get into a university in the US. Now I'am 22 years all and I have a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering, I was active member of the Mechanical engineering students union, I have good grades at High School and college (all my academic life has been in Nicaragua), know I'm involve in the fight against the dictator of Nicaragua. I'm interested I'm studying Economics and Nicaragua is not an option (the public universities are under complete control of the regime, I have friends that abandoned the university and know are refugees). My motivation in this moment is to learn enough to get fully involve in politics in Nicaragua. I will appreciate any comment, thanks in advance 🙂

  • Henry vERFURTH
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    She really just high jacked the kids react studio

  • Blanca Webb
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    Can someone help me get into Penn State?!

  • Jessica Videos
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    Does it look good on a college app if you had a job in high school?

  • Lillian Walters
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    so I guess my fifty plus hours of community service that I’ve gotten over the past couple months isn’t gonna help me get into college 🙁

  • Mylah Wiggins
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    As a high school senior stressing over getting into my dream school, this kind of sucked to watch

  • So Who's the Dummy Now?
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    Thank you for the video. I take away from this that you need to be in activities that allow you to "showcase" you and your talents, however unrealistic that may be. I also disagree that going to summer programs at colleges doesn't give you an advantage, because if you can snag a reference from a teacher (and they generally use staff for the summer programs) at their school, it will go a lot further than a reference from someone they don't know. Also these colleges want people who will pay the bill, not a ton of indigent students, let's be honest here. If you can afford an expensive summer program, chances are you can afford their school.

  • Nischal Ada
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    i strongly disagree

  • Jaron
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    3:423:51 pretty much sums up all the activity I did my 4 years of high school. Go me! The mediocre student

  • Wyatt Waters
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    Basically, don’t do one-and-done activities that you aren’t passionate about. You can do these activities, but they have to all culminate into digging into a passion of yours.

  • Dana Thurnell
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    I am literally her swim team example

  • Marisa L
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    When she said “Quit swim team if ur a bench warmer or if your a senior on JV” and then “do stuff ur passionate about right after made no sense

  • Mo winx
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    Do you think that be young ambassador to the Unicef is useless to get in Ivy League, Stanford….?

  • Fizz Hobbes
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    does that mean i can't put my underwater minecraft gaming and penguin watching club?

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    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

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  • Mc Hobbit
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    I'm from Europe and I always found it ODD that, after school, homework, studying, family responsibilities and possibly a job, teens are supposed to spend the time they have left doing activities they don't really want to do to impress the colleges. And this is called well rounded? Always being around peers and never your family, someone of another age or god forbid ALONE is well-rounded? Someone who does ten million activities at his school and always just his school is more well-rounded than someone who volunteers? Volunteering isn't "innovative and original" but running laps around your school court IS…as long as you are good at it? Wait, WHAT?!

    America must really hate introverts and those that connect better with people of other ages vs. peers. And doing anything for the joy of it seems to be unacceptable, you have to be GOOD at it. I also don't get how you cannot show involvement if you aren't good at something. And how can the whole team show "leadership"?? There has to be a majority of non leaders for their to BE leaders and in the work world, it will be the same. Yet everyone has to be a leader going into college, though the majority won't be coming out?! What is this circus???

    Your admissions process is a circus and teaches Americans young that NONE of their time is ever ever EVER their own. In France and Germany, nobody cares much about what you do in your free time. That's why it's FREE time. I always hated extracurricular. In my free time, I wanted to do fun things with friends, read, write crappy fanfiction, do some crafts or text my friends on my flip phone. These things had no purpose but enjoyment and destressing. The closest I got was teaching myself languages (doesn't count, solidary), babysitting (doesn't seem to count) and learning the guitar (doesn't count again, because I was mediocre).

    Also, what does telling someone to only do what they are naturally good at already teach them, anyway? Someone who isn't naturally good at something sticking with it shows dedication. Not being good at something from the start doesn't mean that you cannot improve. But if you dismiss everything you aren't good at already, how would you know how awesome you could be if you showed dedication? My friend who is an amazing writer was pretty horrible at high school age…she is good at it now because she didn't give up.

  • Elena Gibbons
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    why am i watching this im 14

  • Jessica Shoemaker
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    not every teenager can be a leader.. in order to be a leader, you have to have followers. if we were all leaders then none of us would be leaders. i hate college applications because you do not have to be a leader to be incredibly valuable in what you dedicate yourself to

  • Egg
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    This is precisely exactly why our schooling system is such an enormous joke nowadays.

  • SujayOnDaMan
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    2:00 I volunteer as an assistant for somebody who teaches film making at a non-profit

  • James Gatz
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    I base my self worth based on my abilities to get good grades.

  • EditingGeek
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    Im not really involved with clubs at my school however I have 2 jobs and 1 of them is at my school so is that okay lol??

  • Nikki Mia
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    This video hurt my feelings wtfff

  • mastertoad2
    Posted at 04:03h, 04 December

    Grades? Colleges don’t care
    SAT? Colleges don’t care
    Extracurriculars? Colleges don’t care
    Volunteer? Colleges don’t care
    Money? Colleges don’t—

    Oh wait.

    So how do you get in to college then?

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