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SupertutorTV · May 18, 2017 at 8:23 pm

The original video (5 Activities That Don’t Help Your College Application):

N NarcissMinator · May 27, 2017 at 3:51 am

I got accepted and enrolled; I am just curious to see how many extra stuff I did that I didnt have to do hehe.

Stan Monsta X Stan Monbebe · May 30, 2017 at 2:48 am

I have been going to a special school part-time (along with my main school part time) where I specialize in learning Health Science and in Senior year (this fall) I will be taking a class to become a Certified Medical Assistant. I love science and I want to become a dentist. I am also involved in HOSA which is a health science club that we study a certain subject and compete (regional,state, and national depending on if we pass that competition). I also play the viola in orchestra and am an officer for NJROTC for 4 years(9-12) as well as involved in KEY CLUB (9-12, also served as club editor and Secretary for a year and a semester). I am in the NHS and NTHS organizations. I speak English, Arabic, and Persian/Farsi. I have a 94/100 GPA and top 15% in my class so far. I will hopefully be graduating with 7 AP classes (that’s all that my schedule allowed and the only classes I was interested in:BIO AP, World History, U.S. History, Govt. AP, Macroeconomics AP, English III AP, English IV AP). I am a first generation to go to college and I also come from a low economic status family. Please guide me on how to do this because, although I’ve lived here for almost half my life, I come from another country so none of my family members can help me so I’ve had to find out about APs, clubs, etc. on my own. PLEASE HELP ME. I want to go to Rice University(honestly I just want to attend a good college that has a great pre-dental program, business minor, and biology major).

joanne fu · June 1, 2017 at 9:41 pm

Everyone has their own point of views, and she is sharing her own experiences and perspectives, it might not apply to every single person. 🙂 Thank you for these awesome videos!

Savanna Goldstein · June 5, 2017 at 1:02 am

Question: would an activity that one spends a lot of time on (an hour or two every day) that they aren’t necessarily the best at make them stand out?

The reason I ask is because I am a figure skater and I skate almost every day and compete at the national level, but I am certainly nowhere near the best.

Marie Ann · June 13, 2017 at 5:18 am

My dream is to get into the big ivy league school, Dartmouth College. Since January of this year, I’ve been volunteering at the college’s hospital Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center once a week for 6 hours. I want to become a doctor so volunteering there is important to me, and I really love the environment. Since April of this year, I have been volunteering at Dartmouth College’s greenhouse in the life sciences building once a week for 6 hours. I consider and hope that these two volunteer situations will help my application. I adore the environment that Dartmouth gives, and I really hope this shows how much I would DREAM of getting into their school. If I do get accepted into Dartmouth College when I apply in the fall of this upcoming year, I plan on continuing to volunteer till I am done with my undergraduate, and heck, even my medical school years. If I do not get into Dartmouth, I plan on volunteering for the hospital, and greenhouse until July 2018. I really hope this shows the passion, and commitment I already have for this school. I LOVE DARTMOUTH, and I really want to get in! 🙁

An · June 16, 2017 at 10:34 am

Does JROTC help???

Lee Poling · June 21, 2017 at 1:53 am

Why even bother with college? I might just be a naive kid but I’m thinking it’s not worth the debt and stress. Most people I talk to irl tell me what I want to do (learning a trade) is a bad idea. They tell me I need to go to college to be successful. Is this true?

starscreen85 · June 22, 2017 at 2:31 am

All of this went flying out the window for me when I saw that kid get accepted to Stanford for writing ‘black lives matter” 100x on his essay.

Bailey Moore · July 1, 2017 at 9:08 pm

Question: Is there anything that is actually better about the tops schools besides their prestigious reputations? What is better about these schools (I genuinely want to know)?

joshuawongg · July 3, 2017 at 7:52 am

well crap what if your a chinese male living in the silicon valley with great grades does tennis does good in STEM subjects wants to go into STEM plays piano and is the same as the asian next door?

T.E.F Castle · July 23, 2017 at 3:49 am

Hey Brooke, what about the arts or supplemental portfolio?
It’s something I’m worry about because I have been practicing piano, guitar and flute at my own so I’m not sure if I should add an Art portfolio to my app or if it would hurt if I’m not that virtuoso…
You should do a video for internationals by the way.
You’re awesome :’) you’re making my life so much easier thanks

Dania Abuhijleh · August 17, 2017 at 9:42 am

Hi Brooke! Where I live I don’t have the opportunities US students have like competing on the national level, my school does not have clubs either.. if my grades are perfect (for the requirements of the university) I want to know if my activities are good enough, I am passionate about art, I paint and draw a lot (I could make a portfolio), I play piano, I’ve been the lead character in many school plays, and the only leadership position I have is that I am in charge of monitoring the grades of the people in my class and providing help or assigning mentors to them and tracking if they get better. I haven’t made an app (although I can program) or published a book or anything like that. Do I have a chance at top schools if I make my essay really good??

shree · August 18, 2017 at 5:52 pm

What about USC? I’m a sophomore and I want to know what I need to do in-order to get into USC.
PS- I want to get into KECK (medical). Do I have to show in my application that I want to be chosen for that department during my premier 4 years before pre-med?

Rohan Manepalli · August 20, 2017 at 11:10 am

Just gotta brush off the haters

Muskaan Tahirkheli · August 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm

I’ve done over 300+ hours of volunteer work, do you think that stands out or is different from any other person that does volunteer work?

bootylicious · August 26, 2017 at 6:29 am

Hello I’m really wondering how I can make this experience into something colleges would be interested in since it’s kinda boring.. I was an ambassador for a student visiting from China. She went to all 6 classes of mine, including nutrition break and lunch. I learned a lot about her culture, and how China is very different from the culture here in America. I was one out of 12 students, (my school has over 1500 students) who were meticulously picked to be a sort of “guide” for my Chinese student. I don’t know how to describe my experience in a way that colleges would be interested in it. Thank you so much in advance.

Blake Mackenzie · September 1, 2017 at 9:26 pm

Hey Brooke! I feel like cheerleading is a big grey area when it comes to applying to colleges, as a cheerleader I sometimes feel the need to prove myself more to colleges due to the stigma behind it. what is your opinion? i made varsity my sophomore year (freshmen can’t be on varsity), i was co-captain my junior year, and captain for my final year. i’m also a part time babysitter, and a swim instructor for little kids (i teach classes every monday and wednesday after school) which of these stands out to you? also, do you think cheerleaders are generalized by colleges?

Gavin Nupp · September 29, 2017 at 5:21 am

Your laptop is dirt

i agree · October 5, 2017 at 3:43 am

lol that cupcake analogy was adorable

Ashley I · October 8, 2017 at 3:22 am

The problem was that it sounded very elitist. The advice is trying to help students be unique but comes off as very two dimensional, superficial, and a judgmental. It made it sound as if the people who did the things you mentioned wasted their time and frankly that’s just rude.
Maybe offering real alternatives would have helped instead of throwing off general hypotheticals. This video is better but the first was very lacking. I hope you understand that the first video did have its problems

Sarah Betancourt · October 19, 2017 at 8:43 pm

While I agree that you should ask yourself whether an activity really impacts your perspective on the world, this should be something you do naturally that ends up helping you when you go to write a college essay, not something you ask yourself to make sure an activity is good enough for getting into college. Getting into college is a wonderful goal, but it should never be your motivation to be passionate. Passion is something organic, not something you fabricate in order to get into a great college. Additionally, I find it interesting and ironic that your original video makes the point that just because your parents can afford a summer program doesn’t mean that summer program adds value to your application. This is ironic when compared to this video, where you explain your job, where your clients are most likely the children of those same parents who can afford not only summer programs, but things like test prep and college counseling. I am a firm believer that admission officers can tell whose applications stand out on their own merit and whose are made to seem like standouts by adults who are paid to guide them in that direction. I am not opposed to helping students find college acceptance success; however, your assertion that expensive programs don’t add value to an application is quite contrary to your own work encouraging students to create “passion” (rather than finding it organically as they should)and similar traits.

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