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Could being in certain clubs lower chances of getting into grad school? - November 5th 2009, 11:50 PM

The other day when I was at school, I noticed a poster advertising a new pro-choice group that was being formed on campus. I was really excited, because I'd been wanting to join one, but the only ones that were there were for med and law students, and there weren't any for undergrads. I went to check out their first meeting, and everyone was really friendly, and I think it's something I could enjoy. I know that it looks good on applications if you're involved in something at your university. But when I told one of my friends, he suggested that since it's such a controversial issue, if the wrong type of person saw it on an application, it might hurt my chances of getting in when I'm applying to grad schools. It seemed kind of silly to me - if I joined my school's liberal club, I doubt conservatives on the admissions board would go out of their way to make sure I can't go to their university. But now I'm wondering - do you think that being a part of a pro-choice club has any chance of hurting me? There's definitely a large pro-life group on campus, and I'm wondering, would the same concern apply to those students as well?


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Re: Could being in certain clubs lower chances of getting into grad school? - November 6th 2009, 12:34 AM

Just leave it off your EC's when you submit them to your grad school.


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Re: Could being in certain clubs lower chances of getting into grad school? - November 6th 2009, 12:38 AM

yeah i agree with Kyle.. if you think it might be an issue then just don't tell the colleges you apply to?.


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Re: Could being in certain clubs lower chances of getting into grad school? - November 6th 2009, 01:36 AM

I'm pretty sure the only bad thing with regards to what you have been involved in, on applications, is if you put stuff in that you haven't done. Its pretty much your own choice to not put stuff that you have been involved in.
   
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Re: Could being in certain clubs lower chances of getting into grad school? - November 6th 2009, 04:22 AM

Yeah, I know I could just not put it on, but if it is something that would look good, then I'd want to have it there. I don't know, it's hard to say. I suppose I still have two years to think about it, and if it seems like a good idea I'll put it down.


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Re: Could being in certain clubs lower chances of getting into grad school? - November 6th 2009, 05:10 AM

Either way, there's no reason not to join. Have fun!


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Re: Could being in certain clubs lower chances of getting into grad school? - November 6th 2009, 02:32 PM

Should have any impact at all? No. In fact their admissions policy will stay something about accepting people regardless of beliefs, opinions etc. Will the admissions tutors knowingly reject your application on the grounds of your views on abortion? Unlikely. The chances of your admissions tutor having strong views either way? Slim.

Does that mean that there is no chance of a very Christian pro-life person reading your application and then subconciously viewing the rest of your application in a negative light? Not at all.

I know it sounds silly. But for instance, if I worked in admissions I would strive to not prejudice whatever my beliefs are and most will be the same. But if I read an application from someone who was involved in groups that supported bringing back the death sentance, criminalising abortion, or something that went strongly against my belief I doubt I would read the rest of their application in the same way. You can read the same paragraph in two different moods and have two different views on the paragraph. If someone reads your application in a negative, "oh-gosh-she-believes-in-killing-babies", mood it's likely to influence their view of your whole application in a detrimental way.

Complex! But that's my view. If it's not going to defintley strengthen your application, leave it out. Someone gave me some good advice the other day - during application cycles and interviews is the one time in your life you don't want to be different. Because you don't know the admissions tutors views and how they will perceive you if you stand out too much. Being different because you're fluent in six different languages? Great. Being different because you actively support, oh I don't know, bringing back fox hunting, or euthanasia, or the death pentality, or any other vaguely controversial subject - leave it out.

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