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John | 6th Jun 2011, 11:31 AM | HKDSE大學面試 | (1946 Reads)

What extracurricular activities did you participate in?

 

參加過甚麽課外活動?

 

課外活動,你或許參加過很多,或許沒有。

 

這個答案適合你嗎?

How to answer: During Forms 3 and 4, I was a member of the school chorus.  I also helped to sell flags in public places on several flag days.  (a) Then, when I was in Form 6, I was chairman of the geography society.  I wrote for the monthly newsletter of the society. (b) Then, during form 6, I was treasurer of the geography society.  I kept the accounts for the society. (c) I enjoyed singing in the chorus and playing on the basketball and track teams.  Now I am a voluntary worker of the Samaritan Befriends Hong Kong.  I assist in the 24-hour hotline service to help the despair and helpless.

 

回答時,可以將你的ECA 和你的報讀的科目聯繫,例如,上文的答案可以稍作修改:

During forms 3 and 4, I was a member of the school chorus.  I also helped to sell flags in public places on several flag days.  Then, during form 6, I was chairman of the geography society.  I wrote for the monthly newsletter of the society.  I really have a passion for reading and writing.  I think my fondness for Chinese Literature/Chinese History/English Literature/History/Geography has developed since then.  Now I am a voluntary worker of the Samaritan Befriends Hong Kong.  I assist in the 24-hour hotline service to help the despair and helpless.  (反客為主!)

又或者承接上文的:

再多說一句:

I kept the accounts for the society.  

I think my interest in accounting has developed since then.  Now I am …

Now I am a voluntary worker of the Samaritan Befriends Hong Kong.  I assist in the 24-hour hotline service to help the despair and helpless.

I enjoy the work.  It's so meaningful.  I think that’s why I want to study sociology/psychology.

 

如果你因為一些原因,參加的課外活動較少,被admission officer追問:Why didn’t you participate more in extracurricular activities?

How to answer: Because my family is not very well off and my pocket money was always short, I worked as a part-time assistant editor at a teen magazine/worked a part-time job in a fast-food shop.  I used the salary to help my family and buy some good reference books1.  After school and work, I had to give as much effort as possible to my studies and did not have much time for extra-curricular activities, because university education seems to be my only way to a good career.  But2 I know that extracurricular activities are important to personal growth.  Although I never had much time for organized extracurricular activities, after studying and working a part-time job, I tried to socialize with friends and learn something about their extracurricular activities.  I also have a passion for football/I am also passionate about football, although I wasn’t on the school/varsity football team.

1你要做兼職,賺錢幫補家計和買點參考書,工餘課餘必需把握時間讀書,無暇參加課外活動了。

2 話鋒一轉,你起碼要表示知道課外活動的重要性、內容,而且,你也有「非正式參加」(participate on an informal level) 的課外活動。

 

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