FAQ: I have a job/family responsibility; will I be penalized for not having many/any extracurricular activities?

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Absolutely not! Taking care of sibling, an elderly grandparent, or even the house pet, are important parts of your life and are just as important, if not more important, than being director of the school play. You need to make it clear on the application that you have such responsibilities. Holding a regular job, especially if you are valued, is also a great way to show the admissions committee your maturity. Supporting your family or saving money for college should always be prioritized above trying to impress the admissions committee. By doing so, you are ensuring that you are a better applicant for fulfilling your role in your family seriously and effectively. 

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