Ooh, Dee lied… don’t assume they know

November 3, 2006 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

Posted by Doreen

In yesterday’s post titled, “Extracurricular descriptions for dummies,” Dee wrote as one part of the advice in Step 7 to “determine if the activity is a nationally-known entity. For example, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is an activity most, if not all, AdComm’s know about, so it’s not necessary to say that it’s a ‘national business non-profit organization for high school students.'”

Well, after my first class of the morning today, I happened to be strolling around Sproul Plaza at Berkeley and I decided to stop by the admissions office. Well, turns out, after talking with one of the admissions officers here that their recommendation is never, NEVER assume that an AdComm knows about an organization or activity, no matter how popular it may be at your school or region, or even nationwide. So, it seems that despite word or character limits you are going to have to spell out that “FBLA” is “Future Business Leaders of America,” although you could probably leave out that it’s non-profit and that it’s for high school students… that info is indeed a bit extraneous!


Entry filed under: Admissions, AdmitSpit, California, Character limit, College trends, Description, Extracurricular activities, FBLA, Future Business Leaders of America, Guideline, High school, Myth, Non-profit, Officer, Tips/Tricks, UC Berkeley, University of California, Word limit, Writing.

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