What are good extracurriculars?
Hi! I'm currently a junior in high school, and I was wondering if there are any really good extracurriculars I could get involved with for my last year of high school next year. I know it's a little late, but I just recently realized that I want to major in biomedical and biological sciences, and then likely go on the prehealth route. I've signed up to begin volunteering at my local hospital, but it got delayed until after the virus dies down, and I plan on starting a Red Cross club at my school next year but are there any other activities that could improve my college resume and admissions process? Thank you!
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I think something that will definitely help is trying to get to Nationals for Science Olympiad, and winning an event there. That's a pretty high Tier for extracurriculars; also, try showing off your interest for science with tutoring or maybe a blog/Youtube channel. Bring something to show your interest in science and medicine. On top of that, try doing other unique things (ex. photography) to show colleges that you're unique, and make it seperate from science, but sometimes link them together. This might be old news to you, but just try this out! Sorry if it's not the answer you were looking for. Basically, focus on things to show your interest in science, but do other unique things too to stand out.
Colleges understand that the virus has messed up plans for many students' extracurricular activities, so there is no need to worry about it too much. However, there are alternative activities that you can do right now from the comfort of your own home such as learning from MIT Courseware YouTube channel, engaging in coding activities, working on science projects, and completing your own research. If you want to get your research published, submit your paper to the Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI). This is a peer-reviewed scientific journal for high school students founded by Harvard graduate students. You receive feedback from PhDs from the top universities in the country (Columbia, Harvard, etc.) If you need help with starting your research, you can use the "Ask A Scientist" feature they have on their website https://www.emerginginvestigators.org/.