3 years ago
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What can I do to beef up extracurriculars quickly?

I am an American citizen and because of that being in the American school system, I can't apply as an international student. Both of my parents work out of another country so I've been in online school my entire life. For my senior year, my parents are sending me back to the States to stay with my aunt so I can graduate with a diploma. I have a really good GPA of 4.4 and in my first SAT practice test before I started studying I got 1320. So although I do need to study more for it I'm not terribly worried about that.

Because I've been homeschooled my entire life and wasn't in the country I have no extracurriculars in the country under my belt. I will be going back in the summer if anyone knows of more summer extracariculars. I'm worried even though I should be able to apply for some really good colleges my lack of extracurriculars will hold me back. So I was wondering if anyone knew what I should do? Should I just join as many clubs as I can and hope for the best? Should I join one I can be really good at? I'm terribly worried and only realized this problem when Senior year is around the corner and I'm pretty scared.

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@K.hall3 years ago

Try seeing if you can do a few internships this summer for example, at organization or government agency. If you like volunteering, visit the United Nations’ website for interesting opportunities or consider joining a few clubs at your school. Make sure that you’re not spreading yourself too thin though with too many activities. Most importantly, do things that you are passionate about -not just because they look good on a résumé. Hope this helped! Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

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3 years ago

Don't be worried. You'll be fine. I'm in a similar situation.

Don't try to join everything. You'll burn yourself out and get tired. Find one or two things you are really passionate about, and pursue those. Over the summer, try to find a program in the field of study you are interested in studying in college. Perhaps your local university offers a summer workshop. Community service projects are also a great way to build your resume, they are often free, very available during the summer, and you'll be doing something good for the world!

This is really a huge transition for you, and one I have gone through myself. It will be really tempting to pull back, to shrink into yourself, to withdraw from people. Everything will be different, you won't know anyone, it will be chaotic. Don't give in. Be yourself. Make friends. And join something you really care about.

I hope this helps, and good luck!

3 years ago

Since you are homeschooling, any activities like learning a fine art or a sport, try getting a leadership opportunity there like being a junior instructor. If you cannot do that, then I would try to do some volunteering and become a leader or organize many events to show dedication.

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