So I thought it'd be a good time to sum up my ECs. Yes, I'm already working on them because I want to make sure that I present myself in the best way possible.
I have 11 entries under 'Employment' and there's a total of about five years (to date) of health care experience. Three entries under volunteering (several are quite old.) Extracurricular activities is primarily my executive positions and creation of the society. Awards will have three to five, unless each year on the Dean's list counts as one entry or I end up with more awards.
The 'other' is where I will mention my kids and the fact that I'm my son's caretaker.
People say to include things like hobbies, but do I just list those things randomly under 'other?'
I do calligraphy. I write (have a couple small published pieces. I'll include those.) I do a lot of crafting. I go back and forth on whether I will include this blog. It represents a significant amount of time investment and I have a small but regular (~100/day) readership.
All told, I should easily have 25-30 entries, depending what I include and how I split things up.
Very little of it has been while I've been in university, though, which is really going to hurt me for Ottawa.
Technically, though, I WAS a student at UOttawa from 2005-2007. I wasn't able to pay for school so I had to withdraw and go on 'indefinite leave.' For 24 months, I was not registered nor was I an active student, but I could have come back if my finances had sorted out. I wonder if I get to include things during that time. I was technically a student. I wonder if this is a case where going by the letter of the rules vs. the spirit of the rules may work in my favour.
Going to have to ask the admissions office about that. I expect the answer will be 'no' but it can't hurt to ask!