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    Welcome to ACP Oakland Clubs! We would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to look over all the clubs we offer at our Junior High and find one to join! By joining a club you become more intricately involved in your school, meet more people, and learn something new - in a fun more relaxed manner. In addition, joining a club or being involved is a great college application builder. Here is what some colleges are saying about clubs.

    Tom Delahunt
    Vice president for admission and student financial planning, Drake University, Des Moines

    Being someone you're not: I become leery about a candidate when I notice his or her list of extracurricular activities increase significantly during senior year. Shortly before application time, it seems the student has an immense interest in serving the poor, working with children with special needs, and protecting the rain forest—as well as participating in the chess club, drama club, the yearbook staff, student ambassadors, and pep club (all on top of the hours volunteered weekly at the Humane Society)! I don't necessarily doubt the authenticity of the student's list, but I do question the candidate's sudden dedication to multiple causes.

    Instead of a laundry list of commitments, we admission officers want to know which one (or two) of these activities is truly a passion. We are trying to shape our university community to include a diversity of interests and getting a clear read on the student not only helps us—it helps the student find the right kind of environment.


    What colleges look for when making the admission decision

    When admission professionals evaluate your extracurricular activities, there are a few things they are likely to take into consideration during their committee meetings:

    The significance of your contribution is often a factor in the admissions decision. Admission professionals often favor depth over breadth.

    "Evidence of leadership" is a phrase that comes up often at admission decision committee meetings, and it can be what separates you from someone who ends up on the waitlist. There's a world of difference between the student who joined the Geography Club and the one who founded it. The more selective a college is, the more carefully your leadership role is examined.

    Douglas Christiansen
    Associate Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admission
    Vanderbilt University
    Colleges and universities are looking for well-rounded applicants. This means they want applicants to be excellent students, have good test scores, be leaders in their school and community, and be involved in different types of activities. What is more critical to the application is not how many activities and clubs a student is in, but, rather, what the student does as a member of the clubs and activities. Is the student a leader? Did the student start a new club or organization? Did the student create a new volunteer activity for the school? What we like to see is how a student has changed his or her corner of the world through their actions, and how a student has grown personally through his or her participation. How did this activity affect the student? How has the student’s perspective on life changed as a result of this involvement? The answers to these questions, which can be weaved into any essay, short answer statements, or letters of recommendation, give us a snapshot of who a student is as a person.