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Will learning a new language on my own count as an extracurricular?

I've been learning Japanese for fun outside of school using apps and online resources. Although I'm not part of a formal class or club, would this still be considered an extracurricular activity on my college applications? Thanks in advance!

9 months ago

Absolutely! Learning a new language on your own definitely counts as an extracurricular activity. It's impressive when a student takes the initiative to learn something outside of their school curriculum, and colleges will appreciate your dedication and self-motivation.

Just make sure to include specific details about your language learning journey on your college application. You might want to mention the resources you've used, such as apps or websites, any language proficiency tests you've taken, and how long you've been studying Japanese.

Additionally, if you can find ways to demonstrate your language skills in a tangible way, it can enhance the value of this activity on your application. Perhaps you could participate in a language exchange program, volunteer to teach basic Japanese to others, or create a blog where you write in the language. This way, you can not only showcase your fluency but also indicate how you've made use of what you've learned.

Good luck on your applications and keep up the great work!

9 months ago

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