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What would be the best way to be able to get accepted into yale ?

I go to a small town school with a low-income family but I get good grade and I was wondering what else I could do to set me apart from everyone else applying to Yale? Should I volunteer more? What extracurriculars should I be doing?

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Michelle’s Answer

I hope to offer some perspective for your question on which extracurricular activities to pursue:

1. Choose activities based on your genuine interests, rather than solely focusing on what you believe colleges want to see. Engaging in extracurriculars that you're passionate about and can learn from will showcase your involvement and motivation. Colleges, regardless of their ranking, are interested in understanding your personal interests. Selecting activities solely for their perceived "college-worthiness" may make it difficult for you to explain your involvement in them.

2. Prioritize the quality of your activities over the quantity. While participating in a variety of activities can demonstrate well-roundedness, avoid joining numerous clubs just to showcase your involvement and leadership. Focusing on two or three activities and making a significant impact in those areas can be more effective. This approach allows you to manage your time effectively and dedicate meaningful effort to the activities you choose.

3. Embrace extracurriculars that you simply enjoy, without feeling the pressure to do everything for the sake of college applications. Not every activity requires a leadership role or community contribution. For example, if you love dancing but don't plan on pursuing it professionally, it can still be a worthwhile use of your time. Consider how you might present this activity in your college applications, or whether you want to highlight it at all, but don't abandon it solely because it doesn't align perfectly with your college application profile.
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Aishwarya’s Answer

Top schools search for exceptional students who are not only well-rounded but also possess leadership abilities and take initiative in their passions and interests. Good grades and test scores help you "get your foot in the door" during the initial application stage. Participation in extracurricular and community service activities are important but what will really help you stand out when applying for a top school is your initiative. Go above and beyond to take leadership in the extracurricular activities you are interested in. For example, if you are passionate about volunteering help to organize volunteer projects for your peers with similar interests. If you are part of a sports team, seek out a team leadership role or help implement processes that improve team performance, such as organizing off season practices for the team, or organizing team bonding events. Pick extracurricular activities you're passionate about and find ways to excel in them. Demonstrating leadership and initiative will show schools that you're more than just a good student and have what it takes to stand out.
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Sean’s Answer

Extracurricular activities and service are very important, on top of excellent grades and test scores. Schools like Yale want people that excel above and beyond their peers, so finding a few activities you enjoy and working to be the best in them is my advice.
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Frank’s Answer

Hi!

Extra circular Activities and volunteering is very important! That way the school see's that you not only excel academically but in other aspects of life. Participate in things that will truly set you apart from others. You are talented and have so much to offer, so let that shine through as you take next steps.

Good Luck!

-Frank
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Rachel’s Answer

Volunteering and work experience are essential ways to shine in your college applications. Applying for scholarships and showcasing your membership in societies and clubs can also boost your chances. Keep up the fantastic pursuit of excellence!

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Ashlee’s Answer

I agree with the others that volunteering, working, starting your own business, or any other extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, etc.) are very helpful. I'd also recommend preparing for your standardized tests. If the application requires that you write essays, ask other people to read and edit your essays. If there are interviews, prepare for those by practicing interview questions. Good luck!
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