Saturday, November 17, 2007

Adam Sappp of Admissions Talking About Extra-curriculars Needed

Courtesy of The Herald News (New Jersey):

Adam Sapp, assistant dean of admissions at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., said students should not be thinking about how good an activity will look on a resume.

Rather, they should ask themselves, "'Do I have the time to leave this organization better than when I started?' ... It's OK for a student to be involved in fewer things if they have that depth and focus," he said.

I've been getting a lot of email from parents and prospective Claremont McKenna students asking me what they "need" to do to get into Claremont McKenna, as if I somehow knew anything about the whims or likes of admissions officers I never met! In fact, I hadn't ever been to L.A. County before I came for school in September!

In any event, I just want to echo what Dean Sapp has said. The real question is whether you love an extra curricular. If you don't love it, why do it? And if you don't love it, you probably won't do it well. So don't volunteer way too much.

Oh, and prospective students, enjoy high school. I know most of you won't listen to me on that one, but do enjoy it. You never know how great it was until it's a year or so behind you.


1 comment:

Jonathan R. said...

I really loved my time working in CMC admissions and Adam Sapp was a great mentor to me. He really enjoys his job and I think is a great spokesman for CMC. He's dead-on for extracurriculars too, for high school students far too many join a million clubs senior year for college apps, instead of working on a few projects or community service ideas, or sports, or whatever, throughout their college careers.