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Unique Extracurricular's?
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Does anyone have super unique e.c ideas? I have a lot of e.c's, but I feel like they're all very cliche and nothing too special.

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4 months ago

Hi! It completely depends on what you are passionate about and interested in both career-wise and in terms of your passions and stuff.

Although these don't technically count as ECs, you can do online courses for different things like Python/JavaScript/Philosophy, etc. from websites like Coursera or edX.

But in terms of the ones that your school offers, you can do cliche ones, but you have to be dedicated to them and not only do them when you are in school. So if you are a part of the Chess Club, for example, you should be playing Chess outside of school and learning more about it. Colleges don't really care if you have cliche ECs, they just want to see if you can be dedicated and passionate about something.

So, as I said, you should find a couple, and really invest yourself in them because this is more important than the number of ECs you have, or how unique they are...

But, if you are really looking for something that is unique, you can even create your own EC that you know some people (including yourself) will enjoy. But the main point is that you have to be passionate about it!

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4 months ago

It also helps if your ECs fit into your growth/story narrative, which can be woven together in the essays. You can tutor, but why? If you do it just because it looks good, meh. If you tutor because you love to teach (offer other evidence) and want to be a role model for kids to get into STEM (why?) and your goal is to be a science investigator/professor, better. You want to weave a narrative and have bits that fit in and illustrate, expand, and highlight your life and abilities.

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4 months ago

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