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28 days ago
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can you list sub-activities?

can you turn one activity into two?

example: you wrote a book under a company you started. could those be separate?

or you made a nonprofit and you have an etsy shop as a feature? are those different activities if the responsibilities of each one are different?

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28 days ago

Hi, thank you for asking your question! You can certainly separate one activity into two especially if the responsibilities between the two activities are different. Moreover, if they both relate to the same application theme, you will also be in a good place.

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28 days ago

Off course you can, but why do it? Are you lacking in impressive ECs that are outstanding on their own? Or are you trying just to grow your list to seem more impressive to the application reader?

If your EC is cooking, do you then break it into 5 separate ECs like baking, grilling, making deserts, making salads, making soups, or sauces. They are all distinct skills that use different tools and utensils and ingredients in the kitchen. How far is reasonable? If you write down your recipes are you then an author? If you vlog your creations are you now a content creator on YouTube? If you are asked to cook for your cousins birthday party, are you now a caterer? If you have left over food and donate it to the women's shelter, are you now a humanitarian?

Don't underestimate the virtue of being humble yet precise. If I were an application reader and in front of me was plethora of activities that all seemed related and similar, the first thing that would come to mind is that this applicant seem to eager and desperate to get in my college versus hmmmm, how does this person have time to sleep if they are so busy everyday with interesting ECs.

If I had to guess what AOs think, the first thing that comes to mind is a mental calculation of how much time they are saying they are pursuing ECs. If all their ECs add up to 10 hours a day, I won't believe them because School takes 7 hours, homework 3 hours, eating, dressing, showering, self care, 1.5 hours, sleep 6.5 hours, so they only have 6 hours for ECs if their lives are planned to the minute. Second, I'm looking for ECs that fit the kind of freshman we are looking for, so do I want the humble overachiever or the zealous over-seller?

Only you can make that determination of how to fill out your Common App.

Good luck.

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