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Competition won in primary school
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I got a state-level award(2nd place in Seoul capital area, which has 50% of national population) when I was 11. There was no age limitation, from children (not many, of course) to adults. It was tremendous experience for me. It definitely inspired me but I also felt sad since I was so nervous so that I couldn't do my best.

I absolutely want to include this in my application. It was very uncommon for a primary student to even get qualification to enter the competition. It required one certification for each field. I entered 5 fields though.

Can I put this in Common App "Activities" section? Or should I put this in my essay? Or maybe... not to include?

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2 months ago

What was the competition for? And have you continued to do this activity? Just curious.

It would be most helpful if you could answer these questions.

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2 months ago

I would stay away from focusing too much on it, as a lot of college counselors recommend avoiding any awards done even in middle school. Since primary school was a while ago, I would not include it as a main focal point of an essay, but maybe as an event that encouraged me to pursue my passions/set me on the path I am today. However, since it is an uncommon award, you could put it in your resume or a secondary document.

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2 months ago

Even if you don't include it in your application, this seems like a good topic for an essay. You said "It was tremendous experience for me. It definitely inspired me..." Expanding on that could make for an excellent essay.

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