From Quora: My Answer to "What can I do if I'm a good student with a high GPA and SAT but got no activities since I'm in Morocco? I have less than 2 months to apply."
The other answers to this question are very good, so I won’t waste time repeating what they say. The main issue here is, everything you do is an “activity,” by definition. Are you a member of any club, whether or not it is affiliated with your school? That’s an activity. Do you have a hobby, play a sport, play music, or work at a job (whether paid or unpaid)? That’s an activity. Do you help around the house, take care of relatives such as your elderly grandparents, your younger siblings, etc.? That’s an activity.
I know the stereotypical “activities” are school sports, school clubs, academic or athletic organizations, speech, writing, science and math competitions, and volunteer work, but if you literally can’t afford to do those things because you’re working to help your family (e.g., the caretaking I just mentioned, working at a family business, or other paid work so your family has enough money to survive), you should list the work you did, and why you did it (e.g., “I cared for my preschool siblings while my parents both worked 16-hour days at our family business”). The school not only wants to know about your work ethic, self-discipline, but also wants to know if you use your free time constructively (e.g., reading the classics of English literature and learning karate on weekends are better uses of your time than drinking and drug use during the same time)…
My recommendation for you is for you to make a list of everything you do in a typical day, week, and.or month. Those are your activities. List those and describe them in detail.
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