right arrow
Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04
We've updated the Topics page of our website to better organize and share our expert content. Read more about it here.

Time walking to ECs

collegegal100collegegal100 4 replies12 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
I am planning on putting my 3.5 hours of dance per week on my application. However, I spend a total of 2 hours walking to and from dance per week and was wondering if I can mention that on my application, given it does show a heightened commitment to the activity.
13 replies
· Reply · Share

Replies to: Time walking to ECs

  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN 3345 replies11 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Your mode of transportation isn’t that interesting.
    · Reply · Share
  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 3971 replies16 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Here's the thing. I treat dancers and others. They practice 25-40 hours a week. Not sure if 3.5 hours is that impressive. But the spin is that you have to walk 2 hours, why? No car? Can't afford the bus fare? That is the question and that you have a problem and figured out a solution to make it work even if that means walking 2 hours, backwards, up a hill both ways, in 10 inches of snow... Got it?
    · Reply · Share
  • skieuropeskieurope 38911 replies6874 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    given it does show a heightened commitment to the activity.
    What shows heightened commitment is doing it for more than 3.5 hours per week. The fact that you walk (which begs the question of why) may be part of a larger topic that you have not shared here.
    · Reply · Share
  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 3971 replies16 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Exactly... I smell a possible essay topic 😉
    · Reply · Share
  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 3971 replies16 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @inthegarden. I will respond since you singled me out. (that's perfectly fine). I answered her question honestly and I truly think there is a better story to be told here. No AO is going to be impressed with dancing 3.5 hours a week. But I understand what you are saying and 100% agree with it mostly. If that is her main EC then she needs to put it in better context. At least to me it reads that she loves dance so much she is willing to walk 2 hours to get there to do it. To me, that is the deeper story. As a reader that doesn't know her history on CC. I want to know why. That to me makes her interesting, unique and personal. Those are my 3 main criteria for a great essay. So my suggestion was to help this student. I think a really cool and introspective essay can come out of this and how it relates to dance and then how it relates to what type of student she will be in college and what she can offer the college by taking her.
    But 3.5 hours dance alone is just 1 EC. Now if she won some dance competition with just 3.5 hours a week then that would be impressive.
    · Reply · Share
  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN 3345 replies11 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Assuming dance is twice a week, the two hours of walking implies a 30 min walk each way. My kids walked to school 20-25 minutes each way - I would describe this as a short walk. Perhaps outside of cities people don't really walk? But I think the 3.5 hours of dance is a good EC.
    · Reply · Share
  • lookingforwardlookingforward 33572 replies367 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    3.5 hours is fine for an EC and I don't know why folks think it needs to be more, to be valid. OP isn't applying to join a dance theater. Of course, adcoms will appreciate it, as an activity.

    In the past, on CC, when getting to an activity takes time (eg, the kid who rides an hour each way to a metro youth orchestra,) we allowed some of that time to be included. But it can misrepresent to call OP's dancing 5.5 hours when it's 3.5. She needs to think carefully.

    But to borrow skieurope's phrase, calling it 3.5 versus 5.5 won't be what gets her an admit or not.

    She could say, 3.5 plus an hour getting there. This point is not a showstopper or major tip factor. Be honest. If it were, say, robotics and getting home took an extra hour on the late bus, you wouldn't add an hour to the robotics demands.
    · Reply · Share
  • KnowsstuffKnowsstuff 3971 replies16 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    The reason why the emphasis on the hours in dance was the way it was originally phrased. This is an Ec. And a fine one. Don't understand why or how someone gets there matters. I might be sensitive to this since 3.5 hours is like an afternoon after school for the majority of my patients. My kids took trains to busses to get to school daily like 40 minutes each way daily. It's just a normal thing for a lot of students in cities that have mass transit. I just don't think that, that stands out on its own merit unless like someone said the OP is in a rural area and this is a big deal. Without context it's hard to know and understand. On its own its not getting her rejected or accepted anywhere.
    · Reply · Share
  • skieuropeskieurope 38911 replies6874 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    I don't know why folks think it needs to be more, to be valid.
    I did not say it needed to be more to be valid. It's a fine EC and 3.5 hours may be fine in context to other ECs, although probably not if it's her main EC. My comment was based in OPs terminology of showing heightened commitment. As with many things, it's all in context (which she did not share). 2 hours travel for once a week might be a lot, while 2 hours spread across 3 times a week is probably less than it takes to walk to and from school.
    · Reply · Share
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 22703 replies15 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Some people commute 2 hours to work, others 5 minutes. It's what you do while at work that counts, not how long it took to get there.

    Colleges aren't looking for an accounting of every waking hour. Same with an activity.
    · Reply · Share
  • lookingforwardlookingforward 33572 replies367 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Ski, it was a reply to, "No AO is going to be impressed with dancing 3.5 hours a week" and the further comments it would need to be 15-25-40 hours/week.
    Since when?
    · Reply · Share
  • skieuropeskieurope 38911 replies6874 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    Ski, it was a reply to, "No AO is going to be impressed with dancing 3.5 hours a week" and the further comments it would need to be 15-25-40 hours/week.
    Since when?

    OK. While that was someone else, I kind of understand that point. I do think that posters who ask for chances use words like "impress" (or in this case, "heightened commitment") a little to freely. So I would agree that 3.5 hours will not "impress" unless the poster uses a different definition of the word than me.
    · Reply · Share
Sign In or Register to comment.

Recent Activity