what should i do? i really really don't want to do cross country. .
Is berkeley the only in college in this country? No. But, if you really want to get in, here's what you have to do:
Suck it up.
well if you hate cross country then atleast pick a sport you somewhat enjoy. you don't have to be good at it, just atleast have fun with it
then don't do cross country
theres other sports
basketball, softball, tennis, track
Why do you think that you have to do a sport to get into UC Berkeley? It'd actually be better for you to start focusing on the activities that you really do like to do, and try to make an impact there. Try for depth, rather than breadth of extracurriculars. If you love drama, for example, throw yourself into that. Don't do an activity that you hate just because you think you must. Lots of people get into Berkeley without being on a sports team.
I think it's a good idea for you to *try* cross country, if you've never done it before. You could shock yourself and like it. So go to the first day, and try it out. Stick it out for a while, and see how you end up feeling about it. Cross country is a good sport, because you'll see steady improvement the more you run, and you don't need to have been running before this in order to end up doing well. And yes, if you end up enjoying it, stick with it, because it will look good on your application. But it's not the be all, end all of your application.
If, after this season, you still don't like cross country, don't do it! It's a really hard sport. If you're looking for a high school sport that is a bit less, well, long distance, try track and field in the spring. Track and field has a wide variety of activities involved in it, so you may enjoy it more at least because of the variety.
So, try cross country, if you'd like. But if it doesn't work out, that's okay. So long as you have other activities that you do love doing, you'll be good.
First, I find it hard that any school, even a UC, can REQUIRE participation in sports. Lots of teens don't play sports and get into college all the time.
Why not get involved in some other extracurriculars...year book, newspaper, drama, debate, or something else you might be better at and enjoy.
You're too young to be worried about what college you're gonna go to. Freshman year (if you're 14?) should be about getting settled, studying hard and making new friends.
Finally, I agree with the first answer...If it's got to be sport, find something you like and who cares if you're bad at it.
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