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How recent should activities be?

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Hi all, this is a question posed by a friend who will be applying in the next 2 years or so as a non trad (~30 y/o) who will be just finishing up undergrad.

How recent should ECs be in terms of volunteering, shadowing, etc? Should they only include activities from the last X years before application unless the activity was continued the entire time up until application? Thank you for your advice.
 
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Hi all, this is a question posed by a friend who will be applying in the next 2 years or so as a non trad (~30 y/o) who will be just finishing up undergrad.

How recent should ECs be in terms of volunteering, shadowing, etc? Should they only include activities from the last X years before application unless the activity was continued the entire time up until application?
Any significant activity after HS graduation is fine to enter, though for a non-trad, activities from ten years ago probably ought not to take up a lot of spaces. More recent activities should be highlighted.
 
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