Name: Joy Swanberg
University of California, Santa Cruz
Major: Proposed Astrophysics
Gregori Class of 2018
Extracurricular Activities: Science Olympiad, Mock Trial, Academic Decathalon, Science Bowl, Global Club, Project Change, Philosophy Club, Debate Club, VANS Custom Culture Art Competition, Volunteered at Church, Volunteered at the Salida Library, Volunteered with World Relief as an English Tutor for a refugee family, Worked at Modesto Nuts Baseball Field
Weighted GPA at Gregori: Above 4.0
What extracurriculars would you recommend listing on your application?
I think most high school students have a "more is better" mentality when it comes to extracurriculars, but I don't think this is necessarily effective. One thing that surprised me when I was applying to colleges is that many of the applications had limits on how many extracurriculars you could list. What I think this should tell the person applying to colleges is that the quantity of your extracurriculars doesn't matter, but rather the quality of the time spent involved in or actively participating in those extracurriculars. What I ended up doing for my applications was listing the clubs and volunteer activities that I was most involved in or had the most impact in. For me these were clubs and activities like Mock Trial since I had been to state twice and won awards for it, and the VANS Custom Culture Competition where my team had advanced nationally. So to anyone in the earlier years of high school, I would say try as many extracurriculars as you like, but pick and choose the ones you like the most or are the best at to really dedicate yourself to. That way, when it comes time to apply for college, you have stories or accomplishments to write on your application, not just ten clubs you attended once a week.