What extracurricular activities are more appealing and noticeable to faculty at Columbia University?
Hi I’m currently a rising senior in high school and I’ve been considering which colleges I would like to go to. At the top of my list is Columbia University but it’s very difficult to get into. Are there any particular extracurricular activities that stand out more on the college applications? #high-school #college #extracurriculars
PASSION – Your activities are supposed to be a reflection of you and what you care about. Admissions officers can usually tell when you're just doing activities to pad out your resume. Colleges love students who are passionate because, more often than not, they are the ones who will stick with something through thick and thin and go on to change the world. You can show passion by focusing on a couple activities and dedicating a significant amount of time to them.
LEADERSHIP – Leaders are the people who will be at the forefront of change and the first to take on new challenges. Since colleges are looking to educate and shape the leaders of tomorrow, they love to see students who are taking initiative to be leaders through their extracurricular activities. You can do this by leading a group or activity, being in charge of a project, or otherwise motivating or directing other students.
IMPACT – How have you changed your activity for the better? Have you expanded membership or the amount of activities your extracurricular does? If you saw a problem, did you fix it? Once again, colleges are looking for the people who are going to change the world someday. In your activities, you can show them that you're the type of person who takes something and leaves it better than you found it.
Angelica aside from any of the previous evaluative components, genuine, demonstrated interest in Columbia University and your choosien engineering major is an often overlooked and unused aspect of college applications. Expressing your specific interest in a certain program or initiative proves to admissions officers that you have done your research, and helps give them an instant image of you making a direct impact on campus. While the components discussed above are used by universities to evaluate countless applicants year after year, all you can really control is your own distinct voice, perspective and performance where it counts. Put in the effort, always do your best, and you will be just fine.
I hope this was helpful Angelica
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I'm not sure what other schools you're looking at or the reasons Columbia is your top choice, so this may not apply. My best advice, though, would be to expand your search beyond Columbia/Ivy Leagues. I love that you've set a high bar for yourself and wanting to get into a tough school is amazing. With that being said, sometimes these schools are incredibly expensive for the value and you shouldn't get down on yourself if you can't get in. While you may have a great experience and education at Columbia, that isn't to say other smaller/more affordable won't provide the same. At the end of the day, you should be looking for a place where you will get a good education and has an environment that will support your growth and development as a student and emerging professional. In my experience, I got into a few top rated private schools, and ultimately chose to go to my state school. Not only am I getting a great education and love my school's environment and culture, I am so glad to not have huge student loans on my shoulders that I would have had going to some of those other schools. At the end of the day, it's really what you make of it, and the name of the school will do very little in the eyes of a future employer. But of course, if you consider all the pros and cons and still really really want to go to Columbia, go for it!
Good luck and I wish you success wherever you end up!!
- how many hours per week you participated in the extracurricular activity
- for how many school years you did it
- what kinds of events or competitions you did as part of this activity
- what kind of awards or certificates you won
Here is an example:
School Modern Dance Group - 2018-2020, rehearsals 3 times per week for 2 hours a week, two performance per year in front of an audience of 300, travelled to other schools to perform, coached new members;