Any advice for finding strong extracurriculars and where to look?
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As someone who's been looking into extracurriculars myself, I can offer a few tips that have worked for me.
First, I would strongly recommend doing things you are passionate about. Sure, some extracurriculars look really great on resumes. But, if you're not passionate about the subject, going to meetings/practices/etc is going to feel like a chore and you won't get anything out of it. If you don't know what you're passionate about yet, that's okay! It's a great idea to try lots of opportunities until you find one you love.
If you're looking for extracurriculars in school, I would start by finding out what clubs, teams, electives, etc are offered. That can be a great place to start, and maybe even motivate you to start your own!
There are a couple of different kinds of outside-of-school activities.
1. Volunteering: volunteering is a great opportunity and a steady commitment to a certain organization looks great. There are tons of different websites that find organizations near you; just search "volunteer opportunities in for (whatever age group you are). Always works for me! Another way to find volunteer opportunities is to talk to your dean/guidance counselor. They can definitely refer you somewhere and, if you have a strong alumni network, probably pair you with someone who went to your school!
2. Jobs: depending on how old you are, you can probably get a job in your area. It may not pay much (depending on your skills and education level) but having work experience is a great skill. Like before, just search "job opportunities in for (whatever age group you are)" and something should definitely pop up!
3. Internships: internships may be a little tougher to find and participate in, but they're definitely worth it. It helps if you know what field you want to intern in because you can search for internships relating to what you want to do. You can always search online for opportunities, but I also find that talking to a dean/guidance counselor is great because they definitely have connections with people and can point you in the right direction.
Hope this helps!
Hello! Honestly, there are extracurriculars everywhere! You can join clubs at school, a sports team, start an organization, volunteer with an organization, even get a job. If you meant remote extracurriculars, then try starting something - a youtube channel, a virtual book club, anything that shows initiative and leadership. As long as it's something that you care about, it can be a strong extracurricular, so long as you devote time and energy to it and show leadership and dedication. Hope this helped!
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