Get a Spike!Sep 22, 2021
Having depth is more important than having breadth. Admissions officers strive to build a well-rounded freshman class, which doesn’t necessarily mean well-rounded individuals. You don’t need to be amazing at everything. You just need to have solid performance overall, and really shine in 1-2 areas
Your nonprofit and volunteer work will pack a bigger punch if you can weave them into your personal story/spike. For instance, someone with a passion for humanitarianism could organize a group from their church to send care packages or run homeless shelters in disaster-stricken areas. Someone with a science spike could create a non-profit that runs science fairs at elementary schools around the state. Someone with a music spike could arrange a monthly ensemble that teaches music to people in assisted living communities. Get creative! These activities can show greater depth than if you did something more run-of-the-mill like volunteering at a soup kitchen.