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Does learning a language count as an extracurricular activity?

Hi there! I'm currently a junior learning a third language online in my free time. I'm not taking any classes in school for it, but I'm making solid progress. Can I list this as an extracurricular activity on my college applications? Thanks for your help!

9 months ago

Hello! It's great to see your interest in learning a new language on your own. As someone who has gone through the college application process with my own child, I can attest that colleges appreciate unique extracurricular activities, which can include learning a third language.

In your case, since you're dedicating your free time to study and develop your language skills, it can be considered an extracurricular activity. Make sure to highlight your progress and commitment to learning by mentioning any milestones you've achieved, such as completing a language level or taking an online exam.

Additionally, it might be helpful to find an opportunity to use this language skill in a practical setting. Whether it's participating in a language exchange, assisting with translating materials for a non-profit organization, or volunteering in a community that speaks this language, showcasing real-world application can make your extracurricular stand out even more.

Best of luck with your college applications!

9 months ago

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