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Best extracurricular tips that helped me so much

This is my 'formula' to create the perfect extracurricular profile that represents your values, talents, and interests to ease into the socially pressured 'spike' everyone tells you to have.

Method #1: List every possible extracurricular that you would be interested in. Don't feel confined on this step. I want to go into business, but I had listed some things about my other interests too. Then sort these into categories, or 'tags' as I like to call them. Now go through and do a validation check of each one. I used the following as criteria: common or unique? leadership potential? aligns with interests? aligns with major? From there, I was able to weasel out everything except the ec's I really cared about.

Method #2: This method helps you find out TWO things: what order to list ec's in and what the value of each ec is. First, make a chart. 8 rows, 5 columns. column 1 has the categories: years, hrs/week, leadership, level, uniqueness, impressive, academic, and values. First row has blank space, 100, 80, 60, 30. Now there should be a chart for these. For each ec, assign the value of each piece, divided by ten. (confusing, I know). Every category I listed earlier is 10%, except impressiveness and interests, which are worth 20% (meaning you double whatever you got). For example, ec 1 is Model UN. You did it for all 4 years, so you get the full 10 points (100%), you did it for 1 hour per week (not much), so that would go for 3 points (30%). You were the president and founder of it, so 10 points (100%). You made it to state level, so that deserves 6 points (60%). This isn't exactly unique, so it gets the lowest amount, 3 points (30%). You would say it is mildly impressive, so you give it a 8- but remember that this one is important (it accouts for 20%) so you multiply it by 2. You want to study poli sci, so this gets the full 10 points for academic alignment. It aligns with your interests (also 20%) so you get the 20 points. Add it all up- the total is 78, so you do this with the rest and see what order you should list these in!

If this post gets 10 upvotes, I will post my third method!

btw I'm a freshman so I guess don't take it too seriously, but these are some of the methods I created that were super helpful for me.

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That's such a great idea!! I wish I'd done this as a freshman (I'm a junior now) ; Thankfully I've always been really involved but doing this would've helped me better align my extracurriculars with my intended major :)

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Thanks! I've been looking for a way to narrow down my extracurriculars as a junior and this helps a ton. I love how it's like a points system so even making the chart sounds fun.

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