Students who are vying for seats at selective colleges or who are looking for hardy scholarships should attempt to spike in an activity. Spike kids are students who demonstrate a spike in talent, passion, and dedication to a certain activity or cause. Although students should demonstrate focused interest in an activity, they should never feign passion. This article presents four assignments that can help a student determine his/her true interest(s) that he/she can then use to make his/herself more attractive to selective college admissions officers and scholarship administrators.
Assignment 1: Imagine you have the afternoon to do whatever you want (as long as it does not involve sitting in front of the television.) Describe on paper in one page what this activity would be. What would you do? Where would you do it? Who would be with you? What are the sights? The smells? (Do not get stressed. Your essay does not need to be good. Remember, this is just for you and anyone with whom you choose to share it.) Once you have completed this paper, look at your writing. What passions and interests are revealed in this dream afternoon? How can it translate into activities that would fit on your college resume?
Assignment 2: If you had supernatural powers to change one atrocity in this world, what would that be? (Feel free to do some research about various causes. Examples: World hunger, government corruption, child slavery, etc.) Write one page about why this cause is important to you. (If you are struggling to write a page, either this cause is not that important to you or you are getting stressed about writing a good paper. If it’s the latter, do not worry about it. Remember, this paper need not be good. It is just for you and anyone with whom you choose to share it.) Now look back at your paper. What smaller steps can you take to support this cause?
Assignment 3: Take a personality survey such as the MBTI Inventory. These surveys can help you understand your strengths, interests, and passions.
Assignment 4: Speak with a counselor who knows you well or with a college admissions counselor/consultant who can dedicate time to work one on one with you. A good counselor can help you determine both your passion(s) and a course of action to take to demonstrate your interests. The right counselor can also work with you on the above three assignments as well.
With the four assignments listed above, you can become a sought after spike kid and improve your chances at selective college admissions and hardy scholarships.