College Essay Sample Extracurricular Activity



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College Essay Sample - Extracurricular Activity

Tip: This student wrote the essay below when colleges asked her to describe her most significant extracurricular activity. She also used it in modified form to address such essay topics as personal value and personal activity, among others. The key is to interpret the questions creatively and apply them to your own personal characteristics.

I am known as an “elegant klutz.” Despite the obvious oxymoron, this label fits me well and has in no way prevented me from attaining my various achievements in the performance arts. I began dancing before I was able to walk. I would wriggle my arms and legs as I lay on my back in the crib and infuse my movements, so says my mother, with a rhythmic motion that was part primitive, part graceful. I took my first dance class when I was four at Ballet Academy East. My ballet career blossomed when they asked me at the age of six to perform overtime in both sections of the reindeer cast in the production of The Nutcracker. But after these performances, I defiantly explained to my mom that I hated wearing tights and would not put them back on. That form of dance was truly too “tight,” too restrictive. I needed something more expressive and liberating, so I quickly moved on to modern, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and African dance at Chapin. I have been choreographing, dancing, and performing my work in Chapin’s Dance Club since eighth grade and currently am the club’s Vice President.

I’ve always loved bringing dramatic facial expressions and text to dance. I also love the study of drama on its own. I’ve participated in five shows at Chapin since seventh grade, and from eighth through tenth grades took classes outside of Chapin at the Acting Academy of Dramatic Arts. My experience in theatre helped me open up personally and become more vocal than I used to be. My interest in blending my passion for dance with my love of drama inspired me to mix the two art forms for my Senior Honor Project this upcoming trimester.

It is difficult to separate dancing and acting from one another, and from the music that accompanies them. Music is so personal and meaningful to each individual, affecting the moods of dance numbers and theatrical scenes. My connection to music has motivated me to be a member of chorus since fourth grade and of our a cappella group since eighth grade.

My longtime dedication to these three performance arts culminated in my unexpectedly receiving last year’s Wellesley College Book Award of the Fine Arts, or the “triple-threat award.” True to form, I tripped walking up the aisle to receive my award, proving that even oxymorons can succeed.

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Tip: The above essay was modified below to answer another application’s question that stated, “Tell us about an activity that is very personal to you, and describe an aspect of it others might not notice.” Only the parts highlighted in yellow have been modified.

My presence onstage has been a part of my identity throughout my life, and though it requires performing in front of others, it has an element of privacy to it. To my friends I am widely known as an “elegant klutz.” Despite the obvious oxymoron, this label fits me well and has in no way prevented me from attaining my various achievements in the performance arts. I began dancing before I was able to walk. I would wriggle my arms and legs as I lay on my back in the crib and infuse my movements, so says my mother, with a rhythmic motion that was part primitive, part graceful. I took my first dance class when I was four at Ballet Academy East. My ballet career blossomed when they asked me at the age of six to perform overtime in both sections of the reindeer cast in the production of The Nutcracker. But after these performances, I defiantly explained to my mom that I hated wearing tights and would not put them back on. That form of dance was truly too “tight,” too restrictive. I needed something more expressive and liberating, not necessarily something more graceful, so I quickly moved on to modern, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and African dance at Chapin. I have been choreographing, dancing, and performing my work in Chapin’s Dance Club since eighth grade and currently am the club’s Vice President.

My experience in theatre has helped me open up personally and become more vocal and active than I used to be. I now feel more capable of pursuing my own goals than I ever have before. I suppose that because I have been onstage so often, even those who know me well do not know the intimidation I sometimes feel in social groups, or the anxiety I feel about being a successful student in a competitive class. With performance, I find an outlet that makes it possible to pursue those goals of mine and overcome my fears.

It is difficult to separate dancing and acting from one another, and from the music that accompanies them. Music is so personal and meaningful to each individual, affecting the moods of dance numbers and theatrical scenes. I have used those personal connections to boost my confidence and overcome the klutziness that has always been a part of my identity, and that pursuit has led me to dance, drama, and even song. My connection to music has motivated me to be a member of chorus since fourth grade and of our a cappella group since eighth grade.



My longtime dedication to these three performance arts culminated in my unexpectedly receiving last year’s Wellesley College Book Award of the Fine Arts, or the “triple-threat award.” True to form, I tripped walking up the aisle to receive my award, proving that even oxymorons can succeed.

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