How to Organize Your Activities List

Tips to ensure your college application stands out

Choosing Order

First impressions are lasting impressions, and the same can be said for your activities list. One of the most important things to decide is the order in which your activities are presented. You decide which goes first and which goes last. That means that you should be assessing which of your activities are the most meaningful and most impressive.

Common Groupings

Grouping activities that are similar to one another can be beneficial in a number of ways. For starters, it can give you a sense of cohesion when filling out your application to help decide the order that otherwise might feel very arbitrary. Creating groupings to go together can also help to show a narrative within your activities, versus allowing them to read in isolation. The reader can more easily draw connections between your actions and how you are exploring various facets of your interests, from academics to community service to hobbies. Admissions readers go through applications quickly, so it’s important to make information easily digestible and unified.

Meaningful Description

To some extent, clubs might speak for themselves. Admissions officers will generally know what happens at a school newspaper or biology club, but this is your chance to describe it and showcase any particular achievements and responsibilities within the club. Use active verbs and precise nouns to get your point across. The more than you can use specific examples versus a general blanket description, the more it will tell your story, and not the person next to yours.

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