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11/12/2020 at 02:26PM

How to list self studying German as an activity of my Common App?

For the past few months I have been self studying German through programs like Duolingo and other online resources so I can better communicate with my boyfriends bilingual family. I would like to report this as an activity on my common app because I care a lot about it and it has taken up a lot of my time recently. What should I put for the Position/Leadership Description and the Organization name when listing it on the application?

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2 answers

11/12/2020 at 04:37PM

This, if I may, is one of the sweetest questions if seen on here for its context <3. But for the common app, I’d suggest putting something like- “Language interests; own initiative or hobby” for the position/leadership description as well as your achievements on the site like- “beginner”, “intermediate”, etc. For the organization name I’m sure you could just put Duolingo or other website name.

Also, if you’re really proficient and confident in reading, writing, and/or communicating, I’d suggest you add this to your languages spoken and fill in the bubbles accordingly; this may stand out more to admissions.

Best of luck!!

Accepted Answer
11/12/2020 at 10:54PM

So while I agree with oscar make sure to include any official certification you have in German whether that's a test or something else but I do agree with the formatting for the ECs but personally, I don't think that it should be an EC part of the profile though definitely so Id but it as an achievement/award/accolade in the common app.

Hope this helps!