Hi there, I'm a grade 11 student and I'm curious to know how important are ECs for admission to universities such as MIT & Cambridge? In grade 9, I wasn't particularly involved in any major activities out of school. I also had to deal with several family problems throughout grade 10 and now (grade 11) I'm struggling with depression and other anxiety disorders. I'm also a speed skater and have been actively training since this year.I'm also close to joining the national team. This gives me little room to do anything else out of school (most of my time outside of classes is spent on training on and off ice). I intend to pursue skating further in CEGEP (post-secondary institution, gr. 12-13). As for grades, I scored exceedingly well in 9th grade, fell down greatly in grade 10 and I am not so sure how my grade 11 grades will look like. I hope to be able to justify why I didn't do well. I'm expecting to perform well beyond grade 11 (I'll be enrolled in the IB program for the next two years (grade 12-13)) and be able to remain consistent. Any input is appreciated. Thanks!