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Personal interests are optional activities, memberships and pursuits that you have adopted on your own. These are often communicated to potential schools and employers to demonstrate that you are a well-rounded person who goes far beyond the minimum expectations in life. Personal interests can also communicate character, ambitions, commitment, knowledge, talents, experience, resilience and social status. The following are illustrative examples of personal interests.
Animals
Animation
Aquariums
Archery
Architecture
Art
Artificial Intelligence
Astronomy
Baking
Beekeeping
Biology
Bodybuilding / Weight Lifting
Botany
Boxing
Business
Calligraphy
Camping
Canoeing
Carpentry
Cheerleading
Chess
Climbing
Coaching
Coding
Comic Books / Manga
Computing
Concerts
Cooking / Culinary Arts
Cosplay
Crafts
Cultural Activities
Cycling
Dance
Debate
Design
Diving
Diy
Documentaries
Drawing
Electronics
Engineering
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Action
Exercise
Farming
Fashion
Festivals
Film
Filmmaking
Fishing
Fundraising
Game Mods
Gardening
Geocaching
Go
Golf
Gymnastics
Hiking
History
Horseback Riding
Iconography
Improv
Information Security
Interior Design
Investing
Journaling
Journalism
Kayaking
Kite Flying
Languages
Live Action Role-playing
Low Technology
Maintenance & Repair
Martial Arts
Media Production
Museums
Music
Music Performance / Production
Musical Instruments
Nail Art
Orienteering
Origami
Painting
Performance Art
Photography
Poker
Political Participation
Pool
Public Speaking
Reading
Reuse
Robotics
Running
Sailing
Science
Simple Living / Minimalism
Skateboarding
Skating
Skiing / Snowboarding
Small Business
Snorkeling
Songwriting
Surfing / Bodyboarding
Swimming
Table Tennis
Team Sports
Technology
Tennis
Theatre
Track & Field
Travel
Tutoring
User Experience
Video Games
Visual Communication & Design
Volunteering
Windsurfing / Kitesurfing
Woodworking
Wrestling
Writing

Cultural Interests

Participating in traditional, popular or youth culture.

Extracurricular Activities

Activities that students take on at school or in their communities out of interest and as a form of enrichment.

Recreational Interests

Active interests that are pursued for joy and self-fulfillment without need of serious goals.

Hobbies

Activities pursued for interest that are beyond the scope of your professional and academic experience. Unlike recreation, these aren't necessarily active.

Collecting

Collecting is a hobby that involves acquiring and preserving artifacts. This is typically a learning process whereby you may become an expert in these artifacts over time.

Sports

Sports are structured physical activities that are designed to be competitive. This includes actual competitions such as games and races. Sports are also competitive in the sense that participants seek to improve their performance, even where they aren't directly competing with anyone.

Community Interests

Getting involved where you live including volunteering, political participation and hobbies that connect you to your community.

Academic Interests

Personal interest in an academic subject or pursuit such as research.

Technology Interests

Interests related to technology including information technology, physical technology and digital media.
Personal interests can include hobbies, leisure activities, arts, sports, community activities, volunteer positions, cultural activities, traditional practices, recreation, extracurricular activities, research topics, self-learning and classes that you have taken.
Generally speaking, active interests that involve other people tend to be more impressive on a resume, application or in an interview than interests that appear passive or isolated. For example, watching television or collecting stamps on your own may be viewed as passive and isolated.
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