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"Family Responsibilities" on Common App

mook32mook32 Registered User Posts: 133 Junior Member
edited August 2013 in Common Application
Would it be worth it to put down on the Activities section that I babysit my siblings during the school year or would it be meaningless to mention it?
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Replies to: "Family Responsibilities" on Common App

  • raideraderaiderade - Posts: 2,499 Senior Member
    If it's like mom and dad work late every night and you have to watch your siblings to keep your family afloat then definitely put it down. If it's mom and dad go out once a week and you watch the kids for a few hours that's different, not really a family responsibility imo.
  • applicannotapplicannot Registered User Posts: 4,366 Senior Member
    There's a difference between having to go above and beyond for your family and doing your chores. The above poster is absolutely right. Here's something similar - It's one thing to pay your own phone bill; that's not a hardship. Paying all of your family's bills is abnormal. So if you qualify for that, definitely consider putting that down.
  • WinstonWolfeWinstonWolfe Registered User Posts: 362 Member
    The intent behind adding "Family Responsibilities" is to allow students to report significant family time commitments, perhaps ones that may even present these students from engaging in other activities. Before now, these students had no systematic way to report such information on the application. What you choose to report or not report is, of course, a judgement call. If you're not sure what to do, check with your guidance counselor.
  • n0vad3m0nn0vad3m0n Registered User Posts: 827 Member
    Yep - freshman year I had to babysit my sister while my parents were at work. It prevented me from doing a lot of volunteering but I quickly found a way into it sophomore year.

    I would definitely put that down, though, even if you're fighting to squeeze in your extracurriculars.
  • mook32mook32 Registered User Posts: 133 Junior Member
    Well yeah, I pretty much babysat my siblings everyday except weekends during the school year. I had to pick them up from school and watch them for about 2 hours. Because of this I wasn't really able to participate in after school activities. What do you guys think, now that you have this additional information about me? lol
  • jiblerjibler Registered User Posts: 1,604 Senior Member
    I know this is an old thread, but I am in a very similar situation as OP after reading the post directly above this one. How do I go about this?
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