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    Hi, I'm in year 10 and I have a year, or under, left till I have to write my personal statement and my teachers have advised us all to start now and plan by writing drafts.Whilst doing this it has suddenly dawned upon me, I have done absolutely no extra curricular activities, I can only think of 2 questionable extra curricular activities I have done, I did a lot of extra curricular stuff during primary but left after I joined secondary because my mom wanted me to focus on studying and put me in tuition.

    So my question is do these count as extra-curricular activities? :
    I taught myself how to build a pc and bought parts by myself.
    Really creative and artistic, I draw a lot at home but don't show anyone.
    I'm really unsure about this but from my lack of activities I'm desperate, does helping at home count, also helped my cousins move out and into a different house.

    Also, does weekend tuition count? I did a bunch of extra curriculars in primary can I say something about them, they did not continue after I left primary however.

    The first one is pretty irrelevant tbh, that being said you're in year 10 so you have PLENTY of time to pick up extra curricular activities. Try to do at least one of NCS or young engineers/enterprise to put yourself into a position of responsibility or to do something you enjoy.

    Depending on which courses you intend to apply to you can start to take up a related interest, hobby or some volunteer work.
    It will certainly strengthen your personal statement however, remember that when you write your statement any extra curricular activities should be relevant to why you might be a good applicant for the course.
    Good luck!

    Extra curriculars are a little overrated anyway, I don't think admissions officers care that much about them. The main thing is that if your applying for a vocational degree (e.g. medicine, nursing) then having some work experience in the general area is good.
    • PS Reviewer

    PS Reviewer
    I suspect OP is talking about applications for competitive 6th forms.

    If they are talking about UCAS then their extra-curricular activities that are not relevant to their proposed course of study are almost irrelevant. Building computers and liking art is fine; listing more irrelevant things will waste space.

    I think the most important thing is saying why you think the course(s) you chosen are meant for you and why, extra curricular is good but if it doesn't actually link in to what you are studying for (which is the case for a lot of people) it doesn't really matter.

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