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Which "Looks Better" on Applications ... Academic Team or State Orchestra?

Question: My 17 year old has qualified to audition for All State orchestra for viola. He is also on the academic team which has made it to the state finals. The problem is the audition and the academic team event are on the same day. He is still undecided about a musical career, so wonders which of the two events would "look better" to colleges.

As the parent of a 9th grader, I've already discovered that teenagers seem to face major schedule conflicts even more than adults do. (My son claims it's because adults still control kids' lives ... and that they don’t look beyond their immediate concerns when making demands on teenagers’ time.) So you and your son have my sympathy as you address this dilemma.

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