Crafting the Common Application and the University of California Activities Sections

The Activities section in the Common Application and the University of California application offers an opportunity for students to share their talents, skills, and extracurricular activities with colleges. Although it may not seem like much at first glance, colleges use this section to determine an applicant’s interests, accomplishments, and even how well they will fit in with the student community. These modules will walk you through drafting strong and compelling Activities sections to better stand out. 

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This module includes:

  • Two learning module videos: One for the Common Application and one for the University of California application with tips, resources, and examples to assist students in writing strong descriptions of their high school extracurricular activities.
  • Two  Microsoft Word documents: One that mirrors the information and format of the Common App activities section and one for the University of California. Students can use the templates to craft descriptions and gather all the details needed for completing the Activities section.  Once a student is finished entering in all their information, they can then copy and paste their work directly into the applications.