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Which Activities Look Best on a College Application?

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Emily Toffelmire

Written by Emily Toffelmireon September 29th, 2021

I came to College Coach after working for many years in college admissions and high school counseling. As a school counselor, I assisted students in the college application process and wrote hundreds of letters of recommendation, while also helping them and their families cope with any emotional, social, and academic concerns throughout the year. I transitioned from the high school setting to the admissions office when I joined the University of Southern California as an assistant director, reading freshmen and transfer applications and collaborating on admission decisions for over 150 majors, including the liberal arts, engineering, business, cinema, and the fine and performing arts. I subsequently took on the role of senior assistant director in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, where I coordinated the division's Mork, Stamps, Trustee, Presidential and Dean's merit scholarship selection process, as well as recruitment publications and outreach, and traveled everywhere from Honolulu to Miami presenting to and interviewing hundreds of applicants each year.
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As students fill out their college applications, they’re often unsure of what to list in the activity section, a common feature of many apps. There are the obvious choices like school clubs and sports, but what about jobs, hobbies, and family responsibilities, like babysitting or cooking? And just what is it that admission offices want to see; are there particular activities they prefer over others? Tune in to learn more! Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to keep up-to-date on all the latest college planning tips from our college admissions and finance experts.

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