There’s an old say: “Do what you love.” In your college admissions activities, that’s not, however, necessarily the case. If you love tennis and you’re great at it to the point where you’re on the radar of college coaches, then by all means do it. If you love designing websites for volunteer organizations and you’re great at designing websites, then by all means do it. If you love science research and you have a shot at being an Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist, then by all means do it. But if you love video games (and have no discernible talents at designing video games), then don’t play video games. Video games aren’t going to get you into a highly selective college!
So many people do what they love and they’re just not very good at what they love. Many people love playing basketball. But only a select few are good at basketball. Maybe you can’t jump high enough. Maybe you have no court sense. Maybe you’re the height of Muggsy Bogues (hey, Muggsy was the exception to the rule, not the rule). In the highly selective college admissions process, we encourage you not simply to do what you love but rather to do what you love that you also happen to be good at!
If you’re only somewhat decent at swimming and you happen to love it, sure you can stick it out. Or, you can immerse yourself in an entirely new activity that you’re actually quite good at. We don’t suggest that you jump from activity to activity. Far from it. You don’t want to be an activity jumper. You don’t want to be a well-rounded candidate, contrary to what so many college applicants think. You want to be super talented in one specific area of focus. And that’s why you’ve got to do something you love that you also happen to be remarkable at! The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive It’s just that simple in the game of highly selective college admissions.
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