Ideas for extracurriculars/passion projects during the pandemic?
I want to have some ideas for at-home extracurriculars and passion projects to help strengthen college admission. This post might inspire others as well, so put your thoughts.
I'm starting a nonprofit that helps underserved kids explore STEAM and receive tutoring for any STEAM subject. Maybe you could do something similar but with something that aligns with your profile.
Do you have any tips on how to start a nonprofit?
Plenty...Are there particular questions you have?
How would you go about it as a high schooler? How did you handle the "business" side of things (I'm assuming your nonprofit is under an organization, board of directors, and/or has some kind of official license/certificate/etc.?) Who do you need to talk to to get started and how did you follow through with your plan? Basically just how to create that initial foundation lol
totally. My first step: decided EXACTLY what it is that the nonprofit will do. Then, my dad (business owner) gave me an extensive list of research questions. Take time for each question and get strong, quantitative facts. I recently finished the research phase, and now I'm working on crafting a rough business plan, outlining everything. I talked to my dad bc he is in business, however I would say find a local business (no matter how big or small) and be brave and talk to the CEO or owner. They usually could help guide you. For following through, I will admit how difficult it was some days to motivate myself to get through the research because it is long and boring. My mom told me when I was first starting it, "if it was easy, everyone would do it" so I worked hard and now I'm doing it for real which is so crazy to me.
That is so awesome, thank you! This will definitely be my spring/summer project this year.
Edit 1: After all these steps, you MUST build relations to get funding.
Edit 2: Even though this is something I'm passionate about, excited to do, having fun with, and proud of, I truly question if elite admissions weren't a thing, would I still do this? like idk its irrelevant but still it makes me wonder
I'm so glad! If u have any other questions or want to update me on ur project or for me to update you on my nonprofit, keep the comment thread going!
Ok cool, thanks again
Something I recommend is signing up to be a virtual tutor! There are plenty of online programs where high school students can volunteer to be a tutor. For example, some allow tutors to teach subjects from Algebra 1 all the way up to AP calc BC, but if you aren't too confident in your math abilities you can stick to younger kids! This is a great way to not only gain volunteer hours but also add EC's to your college apps.
I love this idea! Do you have any specific programs that will allow me to tutor? It's ok if you don't.
I used volunteercrowd.com to find virtual tutoring opportunities along with other virtual volunteering!
Maybe starting a YouTube channel!
I've been thinking about starting a podcast/YouTube channel to spotlight up-and-coming young artists and creatives in my area- I can do it virtually and it'll help me connect with my local art community. You could maybe do something similar and modify it to your own interests?
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