Am I doing enough and acceptable extracurricular activities?Watch
-A football team that I participated on from my school
-I've also been a tutor for GCSE students on Maths and Physics
-I also write articles on Astronomy and Physics and how they relate for my school.
-I go to the gym (don't know if this one counts)
-I did a lot of community service in Germany, Tanzania and Portugal (I was with a group of people and I did this on holidays)
-And I have been planning on participating on a music club as I love playing the violin.
I'm worried that most of these are not very qualified for such universities because I read that they accept student that have acted like leaders, which I haven't (except for the tutoring part which I don't know).
My family has always been troubled with financial problems (Volunteering abroad was paid by a community of ours) and I live in Portugal, so it is a country which doesn't have a lot of opportunities on Astronomy and Astrophysics. I was wondering if I should state this in my personal statement.
I think what you've got there is great! I mentioned mentoring on my personal statement- I wrote about how explaining the topics helped me with my understanding or something like that. And I play a musical instrument and I wrote about how having hobbies like that helped me with my time management skills which is an important skill at uni. I don't think you need to say about how you feel that there aren't a lot of opportunities for you because it looks like you've done a lot, also don't write negative things on there.
I think it will be fine, good luck!
You read a physics book and you enjoyed it. Why? You competed in the physics Olympiad. How did you find it? Ect
I remember being told by an admissions tutor a while back about how he doesn't give a crap if you swim on the national team and play 8 different instruments all at the same time. You're just wasting space on your statement where you're not trying to convince then that you love you're chosen subject. Admittedly, all admissions will be a but different but I've not heard of people getting rejected due to not good enough extracurricular things in the UK.