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Does going to the gym count as an extracurricular activity?

Hi everyone! I'm a junior, and I've been going to the gym regularly throughout high school. Is this something I should include on my college applications as an extracurricular activity or not? Thanks for your advice!

9 months ago

Hello! That's great that you've been dedicated to staying fit and active throughout high school. Including your trips to the gym on a college application can be a bit tricky since it's not a traditional extracurricular activity like clubs or sports teams with an organized structure. However, there are ways to approach this that can highlight your commitment to fitness and personal growth.

You could include your gym routine under a broader category such as personal hobbies/interests or explain how it ties into a healthy lifestyle that you maintain. It's important to emphasize how your dedication to exercise has positively impacted you, such as improving your time management skills, relieving stress, or even leading you to participate in community fitness events like charity runs.

For example, my child listed regular workouts as part of a healthy habits section in their application, which showed their commitment to personal wellbeing. Remember, the main goal is to show colleges that you're a well-rounded individual with diverse interests. Best of luck!

9 months ago

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