The answer is simple. You should list your activities in the order of importance to you – from the most important to the least. Your list should indicate to colleges exactly what you are passionate about. The general rule is to only list activities and interests in which you have been involved during your high school years. Colleges do not typically care that you won your fourth grade spelling bee.
Additionally, do not feel compelled to list every possible high school activity if it is not meaningful. Two hours spent volunteering at the mall wrapping holiday gifts can and should be excluded. It is fine to have blank spaces on your list of activities. Especially if the handful of activities you are involved in are time intensive and meaningful. I have said this before, but it bears repeating. Do not pad your list of extracurriculars as colleges can tell when you are being less than forthright.
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