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Supercurriculars for Economics undergraduate?

As the title suggests, I am a Y12 prospective Economics applicant; however, I am not particularly sure about any super-curricular activities that I can partake in to better the strength of my application. As far as I am aware, super-curriculars serve to showcase your passion for the subject, so I plan on reading various books/academic journals, and possibly entering an essay competition or two, but is there anything else that I should/could be doing?
Reply 1
Hi, I'm a year 13 student whos currently applying for econ, so please take my advice with a massive pinch of salt.

For economics there really isn't much to do, but writing for school research journals and essay comps. are really good, on top of that maybe leading or starting a school economics society would also help. For books make sure when you write your PS it has more depth than what you can get from a book review, perhaps a small chapter you find intruiging that you read further into.

As I've said I haven't got in into anywhere yet, but these are the advice I received from teachers and older students when I wrote mine. I hope that helps. Good luck with everything!
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Original post by RMPR
Hi, I'm a year 13 student whos currently applying for econ, so please take my advice with a massive pinch of salt.

For economics there really isn't much to do, but writing for school research journals and essay comps. are really good, on top of that maybe leading or starting a school economics society would also help. For books make sure when you write your PS it has more depth than what you can get from a book review, perhaps a small chapter you find intruiging that you read further into.

As I've said I haven't got in into anywhere yet, but these are the advice I received from teachers and older students when I wrote mine. I hope that helps. Good luck with everything!


That's really helpful. I plan on applying to be an Economics Subject Ambassador at my school later this year, which is a position that involves organising competitions and also mentoring. Starting an Economics society is a great idea, as is writing for my school's research journal. I feel like it would be very interesting to write about current economic affairs too.

Thank you very much for your help!
Reply 3
No worries, best of luck to you! One more thing to add is that catching up with current economic affairs, domestic or international, is really important, as they will most certainly form part of the discussion in interviews.

Original post by bigbog87
That's really helpful. I plan on applying to be an Economics Subject Ambassador at my school later this year, which is a position that involves organising competitions and also mentoring. Starting an Economics society is a great idea, as is writing for my school's research journal. I feel like it would be very interesting to write about current economic affairs too.

Thank you very much for your help!
Original post by bigbog87
As the title suggests, I am a Y12 prospective Economics applicant; however, I am not particularly sure about any super-curricular activities that I can partake in to better the strength of my application. As far as I am aware, super-curriculars serve to showcase your passion for the subject, so I plan on reading various books/academic journals, and possibly entering an essay competition or two, but is there anything else that I should/could be doing?

I am also a year 13 applicant for economics. The best advice I can give is read as widely as possible (especially if you are looking to apply for Oxbridge). Nurture a passion for economics and then specialise reading into topics that you find particularly interesting. In terms of other super-curriculars, don't attend 100s of work experiences. You are very unlikely to include all of them (I'm speaking from experience😂). Watch online LSE lectures and mainly focus on wider reading.
Also browse the Sutton trust programmes and UNIQ (if you're thinking about oxbridge)
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