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    correct word and phrase

    Besides fostering a spirit of inquiry/an inquiring spirit, the remarkable curricular opportunities which the college provides, including various student clubs and organizations for sports, arts and culture, will help me explore life beyond academics.

    1. Which phrase in bold is better?
    2. Is 'academics' correctly used? If not, what is the correct word?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: correct word and phrase

    There are a few things in this passage.

    I think you mean extracurricular -- those are the things outside of your curriculum.

    Opportunities... provide, not provides.

    All of the commas, including the ones in the list of the activities your refer to, make it hard to navigate. Consider setting off "including... culture" with dashes.

    I prefer spirit of inquiry.

    Academics seems okay to me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: correct word and phrase

    I am not an English teacher.

    I would certainly say that an inquiring spirit sounds much more fluent and would be the better choice.

    You may wish to use the word "academia" instead of "academics", as "academics" is more traditionally used as a noun to refer to people who work in the field of teaching or education.

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