Let’s be honest. Our school community is conducive to competition: in the classroom, on the field, even in the arts. As seniors prepare to leave for Senior Spring Project, extracurricular opportunities seem to open up in all areas imaginable. The platter of options includes peer counselor, junior guide, sophomore guide, senior prefect, school president, Marina Keegan fellow, Disciplinary Committee representative…the list is never ending.
It’s easy to get caught up in the mayhem of applying for everything. When all of your friends are applying for the same 17 positions, you may feel obliged to hop on the extracurricular train as well. This can cause tension between friends, especially considering how limited positions are.
The Vanguard thinks there are a few ways to stay sane through the frenzy.
First ask yourself: why are you applying? If the answer is to fill up one of the 10 “extracurricular” spaces on your looming Common Application profile, it may be time to re-evaluate. While it’s great to try new things, weed out those you’re only doing because everyone else is doing them, too.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t apply yourself and try new things—just make sure you’re doing them for the right reasons.
So aim big, but don’t overstretch yourself. And don’t apply unless you really want to.