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How do I explain a gap in my extracurricular activities?

Hello everyone, I'm a junior and I had to take a break from extracurricular activities for a while due to personal reasons. How can I explain this gap in my college applications? Will it hurt my chances of getting accepted? Thanks for any help!

11 months ago

Hello! It's completely understandable that life can sometimes present us with unexpected situations that require our attention. When it comes to explaining a gap in your extracurricular activities, honesty is the best policy. In your college application, there is usually an opportunity to provide additional information or explain any extenuating circumstances. You can use this section to briefly explain the reason for the gap and emphasize your commitment to your activities before and after the break. It's important not to dwell on the negative but to focus on how you've grown or what you've learned during that time. As for whether it will hurt your chances of getting accepted, colleges evaluate applicants holistically, considering various factors such as your academic performance, test scores, essays, and recommendations. A gap in extracurricular activities may not significantly impact your chances, especially if you can demonstrate your dedication and resilience in other areas of your application. Remember, everyone's journey is unique, and admissions officers understand that. Best of luck with your college applications!

11 months ago

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