Question: I am a high school junior that could be graduating this year and I was inquiring about the types of activities and academics that I could take to increase my chances of getting accepted into the universities of my desire. I have been home schooled since the seventh grade because of my acting career. I have been on many auditions and commercials and was wondering if that gives me an advantage? In all my years of being home schooled, I have noticed the advantages and the disadvantages. For one, I am unable to take part in any team sports for my school. I have however been in sports that are outside of the school such as martial arts and basketball. Another disadvantage is that my home school program does not offer any AP or Honor classes which many universities would like their students to see. I am also unable to join any school clubs or activities because my school does not offer them. As a result, I have been volunteering and do community service and have about 200 hours! What type of extracurricular activities should I take other than that?
I was also wondering if going to a community college first rather than heading straight into a four year university will increase my chances of going to a prestigious university. If it helps, I have a 3.9 GPA and would like to get accepted into the Leland Stanford Junior University, University of California, San Diego, University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. If their are any other advice that you would like to give me that I have not included in this message let me know. I thank you for your time and look forward to your response.