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Extracurricular pursuits

arcus1arcus1 Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
edited May 2010 in College Admissions
Among my extracurricular interests is my love of programming. In this field I have attained two major accomplishments: the authorship of my own multi-player video game (multi-player in the sense that two people can play it at the same time on the same computer) and the co-authorship of a program currently being used at a Massachusetts corporation. I would like to list these two achievements on my college application, but I cannot help but wonder if the former achievement would signal to an AO an undesirable fascination with video games (and, yes, I do play a lot of video games).

So what do you guys think? Should I exclude my accomplishment in the video gaming field in favor of my other accomplishment? Or should I include both?
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Replies to: Extracurricular pursuits

  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Registered User Posts: 24,853 Senior Member
    Include both. The colleges that factor ECs into admission want video game designers as well as students talented in other fields.
  • lolcats4lolcats4 Registered User Posts: 3,203 Senior Member
    By all means include both!! Half of my extracurricular activities involved video games (design, balance design, beta testing, coding modifications) and I got into my dream school and had no problem getting into ivies, etc.
  • light10491light10491 Registered User Posts: 1,174 Senior Member
    Include both, have a diverse array.
  • glassesarechicglassesarechic Registered User Posts: 5,487 Senior Member
    Include both. Yes, you play a lot of video games, but you're not putting down "1500 hours playing World of Warcraft." You have meaningful, legitimate ECs in these activities.
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