Extracurriculars that don't have an official route?
I'm a junior from India. I have certain extracurricular that don't exactly have an official route. For example, my mother runs a tailoring and embroidery institute and I know almost 11 styles of traditional Indian embroidery, as well as sewing and crochet (which I taught myself). However, getting certification from her institute seems unethical, but there aren't any other such institutes in our part of the country. Needlework was a huge part of my life, growing up, and I'd hate to have to exclude it from applications because of a lack of 'official' certification.
On a similar note, I tutor kids from school, again, unofficially. The only benefit I get from this is that I can go over the material once again. I also realized, through this, that i really enjoy teaching and that I'd like to teach later on i my career. Is there any way I could touch upon this in my applications?
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Most schools have a section or essay portion where you can add any extra things you want them to know about you that isn't anywhere else on your application, I would probably put this information in that section.
You can probably just write that in your resume under “hobbies” or “other interests”. Official certification would help, but I don’t think it’s strictly necessary.
I'm in a similar situation as you with activities like crochet and reading/blogging. Unfortunately, it seems like people today overvalue "official activities." It's almost as if activities "don't count" unless you have certification for them. I would just go ahead and put it in the additional info section, like the other answers say, and perhaps write an essay about it. These things make for good essay topics, even if they don't count towards honors/awards/official extracurriculars. The silver lining is that essays and descriptions of hobbies might start to carry more weight in the application process now because of the current pandemic.
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