Got a query submitted through our Ask for Help system yesterday that went like this:
Hope all is going well, no doubt you are flat out.
I recently revisited the Comprehensive Profile Review you did for me. I came across one comment where you noted that it would be good to highlight that I worked during university to pay for it.
Now I have written my essays and it doesn’t seem to fit there. It also doesn’t feel like something for an optional essay (could be wrong here?). Would it be considered an extra-curricular activity during college? Or am I just being ludicrous and trying to force something in where it doesn’t belong.
Flat out indeed.
Working during college gives the adcom some useful information and yes it can be good to mention it somewhere (certain profile types would be more important to mention it than others) – but as this BSer said, you don’t want to force it.
This doesn’t seem to us to qualify as an “extracurricular activity” but technically it is – given that “extracurricular” means “outside of the curriculum.” It would be a little atypical to include it in those fields meant for clubs and community participation but it’s not illegal to do so. Different schools also have different requests for how working during school (or otherwise) on a part-time basis is handled, so the first advice is to study the school’s app requirements carefully. This does NOT seem like appropriate material for an optional essay if it’s the only topic being covered, and if academics aren’t being mentioned anywhere in the main essays – which for most of you, they wouldn’t be – then this wouldn’t fit in there. But there are potentially other ways to handle it (yes plural) some depending on the school and we’ll just leave it at that. It’s also not The. Most. Important. Thing. so if it doesn’t fit in, no worries. Remember, the kitchen-sink strategy is not a strategy.