National champion in ballroom dance. Raised money for and built a school in Cambodia. Accomplished glassblower who work has been shown in art shows. Worked as a physician’s assistant during international outreach trips with Operation Smile. Published a popular cookbook for people with Celiac disease. Synchronized ice skating team.
What do all these students have in common? They were all what I would have called “rare birds” during my time in admissions – students who had an exceptional talent or ability in an extracurricular activity. Their activity resumes stood out, clearly showing leadership, commitment, and passion for their interests. For the most highly selective colleges, having a high school activities resume that stands out in a sea of talented applicants can make the difference between admission and the dreaded waitlist.