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Can I count traveling as an extracurricular activity?

Hey everyone, I was thinking about my extracurriculars and I've done quite a bit of traveling with my family. We've visited several countries and experienced different cultures together. Would colleges consider this an extracurricular activity, and is it worth mentioning in my application?

9 months ago

Hey there! It's nice to hear that you've had the opportunity to travel and experience different cultures. Now, coming to your question about whether it can be considered an extracurricular activity, the answer is a bit nuanced.

Traveling can be seen as an extracurricular activity if you can showcase some tangible learning, personal growth, or involvement in the communities you've visited. For example, if you volunteered during your travels, participated in cultural exchanges, or pursued unique learning experiences (like language courses, attending workshops, etc.), then it can be considered an extracurricular activity and would be worth mentioning in your application.

However, if your travels were mostly for leisure and sightseeing, it might not hold as much weight as other traditional extracurriculars. You could still mention your travels in a more personal context, such as in your college essays, to help provide admissions officers with insight into your personality and interests.

To better present your traveling experiences, think about how they've shaped your perspective or influenced your academic and career goals. Ultimately, your goal is to explain how these experiences make you a unique candidate and what you can contribute to the college community.

Good luck with your application process!

9 months ago

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