Educational Prep Programs
Developed study skills, received mentorship, offered tutoring in math and received tutoring in critical reading.
National Youth Leadership Forum (Stanford)
Studied medicine at medical simulation center, received hands-on training in medical procedures, experienced life as a medical student.
Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)
Received academic and financial guidance in preparation for college.
Volunteer & Community Service
Intern at Children’s Institute Otis Booth Campus
Brainstormed ideas for after school programs for teens,created surveys,presented data to supervisor
Member of Civics Committee
Provide mentorship support to ninth graders; responsible for assigning tutors, coordinating events.
Street Soccer Program
Volunteer for County Fair fundraising committee supporting underprivileged kids playing street soccer.
Volunteered to support Centre for Caregivers events; Model Caregivers Awards. Helped write government proposals and helped get performers backstage ready.
Global Partner for International Orientation
I help new international students with registration and adjustment to the new school environment.
Administrative Assistant at Shingari's School of Rhythm
In charge of customer service, managing financial accounts, recording attendance, managing inventory, and all other administrative aspects
Worked 3-5 days a week taking care of two children, ages 1 and 3. Responsibilities included feeding, changing and regulating bed times.
Manager, Student Store
Developed student store policies, reviewed resumes and hired accordingly and worked part time as a cashier.
Coach and Technical Analyst, LA County Intramural Basketball
Led fitness sessions, trained others in technical fundamentals; also helped with video analysis.
Korean Compassion: Korean-to-English Letter Translator
Translated letters sent by supporters to impoverished children in Asian and African countries.
Awards & Honors
Speech and Debate
Academic All-American Award, NFL Tournament Qualifier ('11, '12), Rupe Scholar, Stanford Invitational Semi-finalist, Harker Invitational Semi-finalist
Player of the Tournament
Was named Best Player in the local Lincoln Heights Invitational.
Highest scorer in annual Carl Schubert trophy between Singapore and Malaysia's under-23 team.
“Iron Man” Award
Given for "outstanding athletic performance in keeping with the physical mission of the Naval Academy.
White Water Kayaking Nationals (5th place)
Competed at the 2013 United States Slalom National Competition in Bryson City (placed 5th). Paddled Class 5 rapids. Swift Water rescue certified
Founder and President of Model United Nations
Organize meetings, coach students for conferences, raise money and awareness for UNICEF causes, awarded "Outstanding Delegate" at every conference attended
Intern at the Los Angeles Superior Court
Assisted a Los Angeles District Attorney by researching relevant case laws, drafting briefs, and assisting with client interviews
Research Assistant at the UCLA Psychology Department
Assisted Dr. Negin Ghavemi with a study exploring the relationship between gender, age, and sexual identity in elementary and middle school
Indian Classical and Bollywood Dancer
SSR Scholarship, VMASC 1st Place Cinematic Dance, KCCNA 3rd pl. in folk, VMASC 1st Pl. Classical Dance, KALA Kalolsavam 1st Pl. Group Dance
Played as a cellist in the school orchestra in various evening concerts and performances throughout the year.
Here’s another college application staple: the “elaborate on an extracurricular” prompt. This time, however, you actually have some breathing room.
Compared to Purdue’s other prompts, this one is more straightforward. For this essay, you should expand one extracurricular activity beyond the scope of what is listed in your activities section or resume. Bonus points if you can convey personal growth.
The biggest challenge here will be choosing the right activity to write about. You don’t necessarily want to choose your most impressive one. Often times, writing about your personal experience with something more grounded can be just as effective.
If your application has a central theme (like commitment to service, intellectual fervor, or social activism), you might consider using an activity that relates to this theme, even if it is only tangentially related. This will uphold the overall cohesion of your application.
On the contrary, it can be good to demonstrate your capacity to engage with the world in multiple, often contradictory ways. A diverse portfolio can be a good indicator of a mature thinker, capable of seeing multiple perspectives.
Which of the following major/activity pairings do you think would be most effective:
- A political science major who writes about student government
- A biology major who writes about ceramics
- A linguistics major who writes about ice skating
- A statistics major who writes about social science research
- An English major who writes about HOSA
The truth is, all five pairings have equal potential to be great! It just depends on your unique circumstances and how you wish to frame your response.
While you have liberty with subject matter, don’t just write anything. Make sure your response to this question provides new information. Adcoms will be able to see what accomplishments are on your application, so you need to focus on specific tasks within these activities and why they were so impactful.
This essay isn’t lengthy, but it’s still a chance to be creative in terms of content/structure. Try to begin with an interesting hook that leaves the reader begging for more.