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Listing Activities on Common App

cinolicinoli Posts: 16Registered User New Member
edited December 2005 in College Admissions
Ok, so I know that there are other threads about this on here, but I haven't been able to find full responses to these questions, and what can I say- I'm persistent :P

So could someone please explain exactly how to fill out the activities section of the Common App? Because those drop down bars are so vague,

1) How do you figure out/combine hours? Community service, for example; not only do I (and everybody else on here) have more than one club/organization to put down, the hours vary per year. I know that I, for one, volunteered a lot more my junior year than sophomore year... and yet, wouldn't putting down the hrws/wks/yr imply that these hours remained consistent each year? (therefore giving me a lot more hours than I deserve)

2) How are you supposed to list each and every club/activity/etc. you've participated in? I know you can use the Additional Information section (which I'm already using for something else, so already space is limited), but how would you go about doing this? Just make a list of everything, right in that box?

Aah, I am aware that this is a long message, but if aaanyone could help me out, that would be wonderful.


P.S. one more quick question- do you mention honor rolls in "Academic Honors"?
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Replies to: Listing Activities on Common App

  • enysome1344enysome1344 Posts: 100Registered User Junior Member
    You could fill out the activities as well as you can based on the guidelines, and then either send in a resume by mail or have your conselor send your resume with their reports.
  • dressupandxdancedressupandxdance Posts: 229Registered User Junior Member
    I put the most important things in the top boxes. For the hours, I just averaged. For example, the beginning part of the marching band season is about 20-25 hours a week, and then it tapers off to only a few hours a week. So I counted all the weeks I participated, and sort of put an average of how many hours.

    I also made a resume and put it in the "additional information" section, which basically went into more detail about what I did (honors bands, community service, etc.)
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