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Sharing your passions: how hobbies and interests can make your application form shine

16 August 2018

We make no secret of the fact that two years studying at a UWC school towards the IB Diploma is a challenging experience.

The UWC experience demands much more of our students than academic study alone. In addition to following a rigorous curriculum, you’ll actively engage in a wide range of activities and service initiatives, demonstrating leadership and passion that goes much further than just getting great grades. As part of assessing your application, we need to understand whether you’re ready for the challenge and excitement ahead.

Students at UWC ISAK Japan with musical instruments

One of the ways in which we do this is to ask how you spend your time now, especially considering your current hobbies and interests. This gives us an insight into your ability to manage multiple interests and goals in parallel.

So, on your application form, as you tell us about your hobbies and interests, think about how those hobbies and interests demonstrate your:

  • Commitment and passion in your pursuit of multiple interests
  • Ability to autonomously identify an interest, embracing curiosity
  • Resilience in coping with the demands on your time from different interests
  • Ability to work in, work with, and to lead a team of different types of people and personalities
  • Will and drive to push yourself further than you thought possible
  • Commitment to your wellbeing and physical health
  • Dedication to a community, to serving others and to helping to solve problems.

If your interests demonstrate some of these - or more - then, great! Tell us more!

Applicants to UWC pursue all kinds of hobbies and interests outside of their school studies. These include sports and physical pursuits, cultural activities, languages, political interests, social or environmental activism and community service work. There aren’t specific interests and hobbies that we favour over others. Our interest is in what those commitments say about you, what skills and insights you’ve developed through participating in them, and how you are able to manage your time and a challenging schedule.

We also want to understand why you’re interested in the things you're interested in, so think about how you can articulate that through the selection process.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to focus on experiences that you’re particularly proud of. You might have volunteered in your local community for years, and while the length of your service is admirable, perhaps you might prefer to tell us about a particular moment, an individual encounter, or a project in which you really had the opportunity to shine and develop. Or there might have been a time when you stepped in and helped a sibling or friend who was facing a personal challenge. Your examples don't need to be flashy but they should have meaning for you and for others.

It’s your story. We look forward to understanding you better.

Feeling inspired? Time to dive in and complete that application form.

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