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common app short answer

meganmac56meganmac56 Registered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
edited November 2011 in Common Application
How much should I write for the one that asks about my most meaningful extracurricular activity?

Did you guys write this like an essay (starting off with an exciting action sentence), or just a more plain paragraph?
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Replies to: common app short answer

  • mauiboymauiboy Registered User Posts: 116 Junior Member
    I think there is a 150 word maximum, so I kinda blew it off and wrote something lame and predictable. Instead, I focused on the real essay.
  • #18#18 Registered User Posts: 327 Member
    found this old thread...interested in hearing opinions
  • MarianMarian Registered User Posts: 12,548 Senior Member
    This year's version of the question doesn't ask you to elaborate on "your most meaningful activity" anymore. It asks you to elaborate on "one of your activities."

    It might make sense to take this as an invitation to explain an activity that needs explaining, even if that activity is not your most meaningful one.

    For example, maybe your most meaningful activity, the one that you give most of your time to, is playing the clarinet. Everybody knows what that entails, and you've probably listed the various musical groups you participate in and musical awards you've won elsewhere on your application. You might want to devote the short answer to something that's less obvious -- like exactly what kinds of things you did in your volunteer work at your church or what your role as treasurer of the school history club really consisted of.

    Just a thought.
  • STRAWBeRRYred89STRAWBeRRYred89 Registered User Posts: 472 Member
    Wouldn't it make more sense to write about your most meaningful one though? Because if it actually is your most meaningful one, then it might not be one that can be explained in a short spot on the common app...

    Anyway, I started mine with one of those 'action sentences', a catchy one and then the next few sentences basically about explaining the activity, and the last sentence was about what I learned from it.
  • rach719rach719 Registered User Posts: 255 Junior Member
    but....but....do we write just what we did or also add something like how i feel with this activities??
  • TheVeganActressTheVeganActress Registered User Posts: 6,666 Senior Member
    I would write about how you feel with the activity. why it's important.
    I wouldn't always do the most meaningfull either. My most meaningfull activity is something fairly common, and I also plan on touching on it in my essay, so I did my short answer about an activity that needed extra explaining.
  • rach719rach719 Registered User Posts: 255 Junior Member
    do you mean your short answer somehow based on your personal essay?
  • minder42minder42 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    I am planning on writing about a small activity not listed anywhere on my commonapp except the additional info section.

    Most of my app is math/science stuff, and this would be a culture and music extracurricular.

    is this a bad thing to do?
  • dogsandcatsdogsandcats Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    what if there is no word limit?
    for USC it says to just write a short answer but they dont say how many words. mine is 390. is that too long?
  • lovesammilovesammi Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    do i need to add some kind of feelings in this short answer? or only elaborate my acitivity?
    I think AO will search some special aspect of me. so will I choose a very special moment or just be honest to describe the whole experience?

  • maeg2012maeg2012 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    i just found this and was wondering what you guys ended up doing. Are you allowed to use an extracurricular that isn't listed on the resume section?
  • musician2musician2 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    so many questions, so few answers on this thread! I'm wondering the same things. I don't really know what to write about in this section of the common app, without being redundant.
  • cjcmumcjcmum Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    I think you're all overthinking this. Pick one of your ECs that means the most to you personally. If none of them are meaningful, pick one that you think sets you apart or makes you unique. A sport, a job, a volunteer position, state what it is and why it's meaningful to you. You can show what's meaningful about it by describing some incident that made it meaningful to you. Do you deliver meals on wheels? Was there one time that really touched you? Do you play a sport? Was there a time where you screwed up but learned something from it. Like that.
  • smwhtslghtlydzedsmwhtslghtlydzed Registered User Posts: 1,556 Senior Member
    ^exactly, i was freaking out over this until i stopped thinking and just wrote it. if you wrote about an ec for your essay, then pick your next most meaningful ec and write about it. try to make it as descriptive as you can, but realize that there's only so much you can do with the space limit (and though they say it's a word limit, the actual thing is by characters so keep that in mind- my first draft with 140 words got cut off).
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