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    Well basically the above. Thread prompted from another that involved people's applications to study medicine:

    'edinburgh - rejection (not enough extra curriculars)'
    -And this person had top grades

    ...so how many activities should people be getting involved in? And why does it matter so much?
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    id imagine for a subject like Medicine (specifically subject related) extra curricular activities are much much more important than for something like Maths or Economics...but then again i didnt apply for medicine so thats just what i remember from what friends were telling me when they were applying for Medicine.
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    It's loony if you ask me!!
    Universities should love people with no extracurricular activities, surely they're more likely to study harder with less distractions...
    I suppose they just want to know that you're going to contribute to the uni/take part in things.
    A huge list of hobbies isn't going to impress anyone, and they're unlikely to even believe that you're telling the truth. Playing musical instruments or sports are good general ones, but I think things like work experience or volunteering are even better.
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    (Original post by KayleeeWayleee)
    Well basically the above. Thread prompted from another that involved people's applications to study medicine:

    'edinburgh - rejection (not enough extra curriculars)'
    -And this person had top grades

    ...so how many activities should people be getting involved in? And why does it matter so much?
    Medicine is a bit of a special case.

    It's impossible to specify 'how many' activities people 'should' be involved in. In general extra-curriculars are nothing like as important as some people would have you believe. The only top uni that is thought to take a particular interest in them is Durham and even then good extra-curriculars won't get you past the need for a good academic PS.

    AFAIK Edinburgh don't interview for medicine, so the extra-curriculars may have been used as a tie-breaker in the case quoted, all other things being equal.

    The best thing to do is to check individual entry requirements; many unis do publish what they are looking for, and will give a guide as to how important relevant work experience and/or extra-curriculars are. In general, a PS should refer to some - two or three, not hundreds! - and it can be useful to mention what you gained from them - ie skills or experience.
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    Haha I'm totally ****** then :p:
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    (Original post by missaphrodite)
    It's loony if you ask me!!
    Universities should love people with no extracurricular activities, surely they're more likely to study harder with less distractions...I suppose they just want to know that you're going to contribute to the uni/take part in things.
    A huge list of hobbies isn't going to impress anyone, and they're unlikely to even believe that you're telling the truth. Playing musical instruments or sports are good general ones, but I think things like work experience or volunteering are even better.
    That's what I was thinking...
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    (Original post by KayleeeWayleee)
    That's what I was thinking...
    Exactly, it irritated me to no end writing my personal statement trying to think of of hobbies and stuff that I have done, I think in the end I just mentioned playing the guitar and once playing in a football team, then spent the rest blabbering about History and Archaeology - it worked, 5 offers :awesome:

    It's like if you want to take a Maths degree, who cares what sports you are good at? Who cares what you do with you friends? - That's if you even have any! If you are one of the best people in the country at Maths then who even cares that you go fly-fishing with your Grandfather on a Sunday? ... And it's even better if you're at home doing calculus rather than other 'real' hobbies which apparently they seem to prefer.


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    I think they just like to know that their students are incredibly well rounded and will show an interest in areas other than their subject of study. Personally my extracurricular list was pretty hefty when i applied to uni (play the piano, swimming, netball, volunteering, youth societies, young enterprise, DoE, etc) but thats mostly because i hated the school i was at, so anything to not be there!
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    (Original post by Craig_D)
    Exactly, it irritated me to no end writing my personal statement trying to think of of hobbies and stuff that I have done, I think in the end I just mentioned playing the guitar and once playing in a football team, then spent the rest blabbering about History and Archaeology - it worked, 5 offers :awesome:

    It's like if you want to take a Maths degree, who cares what sports you are good at? Who cares what you do with you friends? - That's if you even have any! If you are one of the best people in the country at Maths then who even cares that you go fly-fishing with your Grandfather on a Sunday? ... And it's even better if you're at home doing calculus rather than other 'real' hobbies which apparently they seem to prefer.


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    (Original post by missaphrodite)
    Would you...marry me? :love:
    You really wouldn't want that :woo: I'm like this allll the time. I start to do my own head in.


    And I stay up too late ...
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    (Original post by Craig_D)
    You really wouldn't want that :woo: I'm like this allll the time. I start to do my own head in.


    And I stay up too late ...
    And your point is? :p:
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    (Original post by missaphrodite)
    And your point is? :p:
    When I'm married (which may end up as being you now) my wife will hate me. I don't sleep. I can't, I'll keep her awake constantly too. It's quarter past 8!! :woo:

    Wellll, shouldn't we meet for real first? :dontknow: Or a least msn me ... haha, I kid, don't worry
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    Do you think playing for a basketball team is appropriate activity for business studies/economics?
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    There are two kinds of ECs - those that are relevant to the course you are applying for (e.g. experience at a doctors or in a hospital, for medicine) and those that aren't (hobbies, sport, head boy/girl, prefect). The latter are generally of little importance, despite what many teachers say, unless you can demonstrate that they have developed you in some relevant way. The former, especially for vet/med/dental courses, can be important. Those without relevant experience who want to do medicine would be well advised to find some very quickly indeed.

    You should undertake activities because you enjoy them, and not with an eye to the UCAS application, except in certain narrow circumstances such as a medical course.
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    (Original post by MrTT)
    Do you think playing for a basketball team is appropriate activity for business studies/economics?
    Sounds like they're interested in that stuff... :rolleyes:
 
 
 
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