Manual dexterity question?

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  1. Springs01

    Springs01 5+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2012
    "Describe any activities requiring manual dexterity (e.g. activities requiring hand-eye coordination such as cross-stitching, sewing, art, crafts, playing musical instruments, auto repair, etc.) at which you are proficient. (600 char w/ spaces)"

    Am I supposed to actually describe the activities or just list them?

    I plan on putting down drawing and painting. How am I supposed to describe these? They're just my hobbies...
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  3. Hev0406


    May 5, 2013
    Since there wasn't really room to explain a lot I basically just listed my activities.
  4. ktran17

    ktran17 5+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2011
    I listed my hobbies and only described the ones that were not as obvious. e.g construction of electrodes
  5. jmh018

    jmh018 5+ Year Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    I did the same thing. Had to leave a couple lesser ones out to fully explain the better ones
  6. free99

    free99 SDN Moderator 2+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Keep in mind this is the only the view of one admissions officer (Dr. Emil Chuck), but after watching most of the Case Western Reserve admissions presentation this is what I gathered:

    - If you have them, list manual dexterity hobbies that are unique. As Dr. Chuck said, it's expected that most people cook and can cut veggies - what hobbies do you have that set you apart?

    - If possible, try to describe how you've honed this/these activity/activities and what you've done to showcase these skills. I believe the example he gave was if you were an artist and had entered your work into some sort of competition

    I had many different activities that I think displayed manual dexterity, but chose to just expound on my ability to play various musical instruments, rather than listing several different activities. I talked about shows I've played and bands/ensembles I've been a part of. Hope this helps!

    Edit: here's the link to the web seminar -
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2013
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  7. Springs01

    Springs01 5+ Year Member

    Jan 16, 2012
    Okay. I'm gonna only explain the unique ones. Thanks everyone.
  8. ttpharm

    ttpharm 5+ Year Member

    May 27, 2011
    Short and sweet
  9. Chococo45


    Jul 1, 2014
    Should you only list current abilities?

    For example, I played the violin and clarinet during my elementary and middle school years. I'm sure I would still be able to play these instruments but still would be a bit rusty :/

    I'm also taking guitar lessons soon (just as a hobby - not for this manual dexterity question lol), should I list this as well?
  10. tooth knockn

    tooth knockn Treat others how you want to be treated 2+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2012
    I THINK, any activity still practiced in the past 3 to 5 years, is current ability..... lol i don't know how old you are, but middle school sounds like a long time ago.

    but to answer topic question, i listed what ever i could, with minimal detail, and between each hand eye coordination i put one of these "-" minus signs
  11. Chococo45


    Jul 1, 2014
    Yeah, you're right. It's probably been too long to count those skills as current skills

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