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Extracurriculars and Certification sections of the PTCAS

Discussion in 'Pre-Physical Therapy' started by katelly, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. katelly

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    I was searching for some some guidance about what kinds of things are appropriate to use under extracurriculars, honors, certifications etc. And I found this gem under a pre-med thread. I thought it was appropriate.

    I do feel like I am making some stretches under these sections.. But on the other hand, I have done some really cool things- they just don't always fit in the neat little headings of this application.

    Things I am wondering about-- recreational activities- like backcountry snowboarding, and climbing. I do these both a lot- (or I did before I went back to school full time anyway.)

    When it says professional certs- can I include a Wilderness First Responder and Avalanche Level 2 course? One was paid for by my work, and the other helped me get the job in the first place.. What about CPR/First Aid?

    How about one or two day courses I took? Climbing self rescue and a mountain biking camp? How about local snowboard competitions?

    I feel like a lot of these things show a commitment to education. Some just show that I am active and busy outside of work and school. They all help show who I am and how I have spent my time since graduating from college 6 years ago.

    I don't have a lot of volunteer experience for well known organizations.. I did help start a program at the local high school that teaches kids to build their own bike. I am definitely including this.

    So anyway is mayonnaise an instrument? Can you help me decide what to cull and what to keep?
     
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  3. starrsgirl

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    I would leave out your recreational activities from these sections but do find a way to work it into your essay. I would absolutely include the certifications you mentioned. And yes on CPR/First Aid. I wouldn't include the 1-2 day courses or local competitions (exception being if you were say a nationally ranked snowboarder or something). But again, look to work a few of those into the essay portion.
     
  4. katelly

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    Thanks starrsgirl. I think it may be hard to work recreation into my essay- I don't want to have too many things I have to cover in such a short space. A friend suggested an idea that I like- to include recreation, but do it as one bullet point rather than one for snowboarding, one for climbing, one for races, etc. I'm going to see if I can make something like that work.
     

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