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A question about EC's

literallytrashliterallytrash 0 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
I'm a senior and I'm homeschooled but I only have one traditional extracurricular (cooking club) from when I was in public school in 9th grade. I'm gonna try to do some volunteer work later in the year, but obviously, I haven't done that yet. I've seen people say ECs can be things that you spend a significant amount of time doing outside of school, but the only things I really do are walk/take care of my dogs, read, and watch Netflix. Last year, I kinda tutored my younger sister in math and I've been consistently cooking dinner nearly every night for my family for 2 years. So my question is, does any of this count as an extracurricular and if so how would I phrase it? Thanks in advance!
edited August 20
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  • ASKMotherASKMother 206 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Most large public universities do not focus on your ECs but just have GPA and test score standards so if you are planning on community colleges or public schools you should be ok as long as your GPA/ACT/SAT meets requirements. Private schools and the more selective/elite schools do consider ECs heavily as part of the application. However they also consider if a student worked full/part-time as well since not everyone has the luxury of using their 'free time' as a volunteer or the funds to take dance or voice or music lessons. If your main EC is being a helpful member of your family with specific responsibilities, you should be able to convey that to Admissions in your essay. Bottom line: Importance of ECs varies based on where you are applying.
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  • happy1happy1 22754 replies2239 threadsVerified Member Senior Member
    IMO things like taking care of your pets, reading, and watching Netflix are hobbies, not ECs. There are many ECs that do not require parental funding (ex. volunteering). If you do have significant responsibility at home you can mention that.
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