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    So i'm writing a substitute personal statement to Durham and i'm wondering if I actually need to put down extracurricular activities?

    I've put down what i'm doing in my gap year which is really relevant to what I wanna do, but other than that i've got no real extracurriculars other than sport and bass guitar.

    I'm applying for Combined Honours in Social Sciences (Economics and German), by the way.
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    Make it relevant, otherwise its just 'a list' and that means nothing. So, ignore the sport or guitar and concentrate on any stuff you've done thats directly relevant to those two subjects - school trips to Germany, any extra reading you've done outside your A level syllabus and certainly anything you are doing in your Gap Year.
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    (Original post by returnmigrant)
    Make it relevant, otherwise its just 'a list' and that means nothing. So, ignore the sport or guitar and concentrate on any stuff you've done thats directly relevant to those two subjects - school trips to Germany, any extra reading you've done outside your A level syllabus and certainly anything you are doing in your Gap Year.
    Yeah i've done the relevant stuff. But I literally haven't mentioned anything outside of academia other than my gap year. Is this okay? People say you should make it like 70-80% academic and the rest interests/hobbies. But I haven't mentioned any interests or hobbies and have no space to do so...
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    Unless it relevant or shows general things like 'increasing maturity or self-confidence' then its pointless just sticking it in. Sport/music whilst showing you have varied interests, doesnt tell an Admissions Tutor anything about your academic potential or your interest in the course.
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    (Original post by Scratchyjam)
    So i'm writing a substitute personal statement to Durham and i'm wondering if I actually need to put down extracurricular activities?

    I've put down what i'm doing in my gap year which is really relevant to what I wanna do, but other than that i've got no real extracurriculars other than sport and bass guitar.

    I'm applying for Combined Honours in Social Sciences (Economics and German), by the way.
    you can briefly mention the sport in terms of the teamworking skills its given you but anything relevant is more important.
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    Exactly what I wanted to hear. Cheers guys.
 
 
 

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