Iroh wrote:Is a double major really an "average" soft? Maybe I just suffer from low self-esteem, but I don't think my double major is really as impressive as someone who is bi or tri-lingual.
Also, I think "consistent volunteer work" should be listed as a separate soft. Not sure where to put it though, maybe as "average".
It's average insofar as it takes effort to achieve and not everyone can achieve it. However, the quality of that double major is very variable. For instance, a double major in English and Philosophy is very common, and many universities offer it as a staple. A Double major in Physics and Philosophy, while also offered as a staple, is much less common and thus more impressive. A double major in Physics and Business Administration is fairly unique and shows a lot about the candidate's background, interest, and drive.
Likewise, some languages are more similar than others. Someone can be born to a bi-lingual+ family, which isn't that impressive (I'm one of those). Then there are those who learn a second language, but it's not that far-removed from English (E.g. most languages which use a latin script). Finally, there are those remarkable individuals who have mastered English and some other language which has a completely different structure (Chinese, Arabic, Russian).
This is what makes softs hard to classify. Softs rarely have pure merit - they are taken as part of the whole, just like the rest of your application. The way I classified things is less in the difficulty of achieving the soft, but moreso the rarity of the soft.