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Sep 7 2018

Ivy League Application: Sample Interests and Activities Statement – College Confidential

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For his statement on interests and activities, Zane chose to attach a separate summary, since the two inches of space allowed on the application page could hardly contain a comprehensive look at his activities. Zane went back to his elementary years, even though HYPer asked only for information on grades 10 and 11, and he included copies of a number of award certificates and other documentation. Notice his disclaimer for this section:

Please see Attachment 2, which is a summary of my interests, activities, awards, and special recognition. I have taken the liberty to include highlights from my elementary and junior-high-school years in order to demonstrate the pattern of accomplishment that has been a hallmark of my academic career. The attachment also includes copies of a number of award certificates and press clippings. I m presenting all this supporting material not to brag about myself but rather to market myself in the best-possible light.

Elementary school years:

  • Entered Gifted Support Curriculum (1st Grade)
  • Worked as guide in children s museum (Quaint Corner). 2-3 hours/week.
  • Qualified for advanced mathematics programs (1 of 2 students in district)
  • Began saxophone lessons and orchestra participation (4th through 6th Grades)
  • Anchored Odyssey of the Mind team, making it to World Finals at the University of Colorado at Boulder (6th Grade)
  • Won elementary Geography Bee (6th Grade)
  • Awarded Certificate of Merit as one of top District scorers in Arithmetic Contest (6th Grade)
  • Received Presidential Academic Fitness Award (6th Grade)

Junior High School years:

  • Won Eastern Regional recognition for SAT performance with distinction in Math and Verbal in Johns Hopkins University Search for Talented Youth (7th Grade)
  • Won 4-credit scholarship from Lycoming College for SAT scores (7th Grade)
  • Completed Johns Hopkins University s Expository Writing Tutorial (8th Grade)
  • Made State Finals in Odyssey of the Mind team competition (7th and 8th Grade)
  • Continued saxophone study: orchestra, marching band, and jazz ensembles (7th-8th Grades)
  • Made Mathcounts State Finals in math-team competition (7th and 8th Grades)
  • Won American Legion Award for Outstanding 8th Grade Boy
  • Won American Legion Award for Outstanding 9th Grade Boy
  • Won class Mathematics Award, Science Award, and English Award (9th Grade)
  • Continued saxophone study: marching band, concert band, and jazz ensembles (9th through 12th Grades)
  • Began self-taught guitar studies: acoustic/electric pop and classical (9th Grade)
  • Played varsity tennis (singles and doubles) (9th through 12th Grades)
  • Made state finals of Odyssey of the Mind competition (10th Grade)
  • Won Honorable Mention, Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest sponsored by The Pennsylvania State University (10th Grade)
  • Selected as member, German Honor Society (10th through 12th Grades)
  • Made State Finals, American Association of Teachers of German Competition (11th Grade)
  • Selected as candidate for Cornell University computer research project (10th Grade)
  • Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist (Finalist pending) (12th Grade)
  • Attended the Pennsylvania Governor s School for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (summer between 11th and 12th Grade)
  • Elected President, High School Computer Club (11th Grade)
  • Elected Vice President, National Honor Society, AAHS Chapter (12th Grade)
  • Won the Rensselaer Medal as top Junior in mathematics and science (11th Grade)
  • Participated in national chemistry competition at Lycoming College (10th Grade)
  • Participated in Pennsylvania Math League competitions, placing in the Top 10 six out of eight times (10th and 11th Grades)
  • Write, play, and record own compositions for voice and guitar (solo and group) (9th through 12th Grades). 15-20 hours/week.
  • Attended Summer School: summers following 10th and 11th Grades

Current work experience summary:

  • Tutor classmates and friends in all levels of math, science, and German; give private guitar lessons (9th Grade to present). 2-4 hours/week.
  • Work for disabled grandmother doing lawn care, winter and summer house preparations, and general chores (8th Grade to present). 2-6 hours/week.
  • Help in father s part-time business doing computer graphics, data base maintenance, and advertising work (10th Grade to present). 1-3 hours/week.

Here s his statement addressing summer work and activities (notice that this is more than just a casual listing):

The past two summers were a mixture of learning, work, and relaxation. I took summer school classes to make room in my fall schedule for more advanced courses. My usual summer work continued: working for my disabled grandmother, doing neighborhood yard work, and giving guitar lessons (when not improving my own skills on that instrument). The Pennsylvania Governor s School occupied the bulk of my rising-senior summer for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. My relaxation: playing guitar and reading.

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