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    I've signed up for D of E and payed the money for the course, but haven't paid for the first aid yet. I can't decide if I should continue with it because I'm not the strongest person, so I feel the 3 day, 2 night hike will be really tough for me. Also, we have to stay every week after school on a Monday, which wouldn't be too bad, but I stay late on Tuesday and Wednesday too, so it gets a bit much. I am friends with the people doing it but I don't know if I can really count on them to stop if something goes wrong etc.

    However, I am going to do a skill (learn Spanish) anyway, and volunteer, and probably start excercizing more which I could use as a physical, so if I'm doing them all anyway, I could sacrifice my Monday evenings and do 2 hikes, and have my D of E award. The problem is that on top of A levels, staying late (and hiking) really makes my tired and stressed. I feel if I had the commitment of D of E, instead of doing Spanish and volunteering in my own time, I would become more and more stressed and my A levels would suffer.

    Do universities actually look out for D of E? It would give me a lot to talk about (the skills and commitment), and I don't have much on my CV apart from my academic achievements. However I don't know if is worth my time and stress. Although I could just be being lazy.

    Thanks for reading, i hope it makes sense. But I'm also really bad at making decisions! Especially important ones!

    Eh. A DofE, is quite rewarding, the knowledge that you and your team went off, navigating and fending for yourselves essentially, and if you;re doing DofE with people you like- it's one of the funnest things ever! And putting on a UCAS application does give you extra edge, but it's not totally diabolical if you don't do it.

    I think it maybe worth more your time to take on Spanish and do Volunteering (depending on your course) it still gives you gratification, as well as evidence of independent learning, which Top Uni's want. See if you can weave DofE with your repertoire, I think the skills you gain from it are amazing
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