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Does babysitting count as an EC?

arsenalcrazyarsenalcrazy Registered User Posts: 251 Junior Member
edited July 2010 in Common Application
Haha this seems like a really weird question but does it? To save money, my junior and senior year (next year) I babysit my 5 year old brother everyday after school instead of him going to after school care. Because I need to be home to watch him it also meant I had to cut back a lot on my other ECs that frequently take place after school.

It seems weird to list taking care of family as an EC but should I put it on my app to kind of explain why it looks like I wasn't involved in much?
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Replies to: Does babysitting count as an EC?

  • labellehistoirelabellehistoire Registered User Posts: 16 New Member
    I wouldn't put it in your extra-curriculars list but find some way to include in your application. Colleges do take this into account. Especially if a student had to work to support family and similar accounts like your situation. Maybe this can find its way into an essay or you can write-up something separately and include it in the application.
  • thumperrthumperr Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    Yes, babysitting should be listed as work experience if you earned money. If not, I don't consider it an extracurricular, but you could explain your situation like labellehistoire suggested.
  • arsenalcrazyarsenalcrazy Registered User Posts: 251 Junior Member
    Thanks for the advice! :)
    Yeah, I'll try explaining it in an essay or something. That sounds better than listing it as an EC or work or something.
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