2 months ago
Admissions Advice

What type of extracurriculars should I be looking for?

Hi, I am a sophomore just starting out my year and I have been slowly realizing I don't have any extracurriculars. At most I have 1 or 2, so I was wondering what I should really be looking for. I want to be a doctor I know that much, but I keep hearing opposing advice, oh do activities that show or have to do with what your goal is aka medicine. Or other people say be well rounded. I am not really sure what to do, but I do have a decent amount of free time and I wanted some suggestions and tips on what to do. I am aiming for some really hard-to-reach schools and I won't be satisfied with just a mediocre application. I want to give it my best shot since this is my future.

@SarahL2 months ago

Extracurriculars that are good for medical work include being a volunteer (anywhere is fine) but I recommend reaching out to a hospital; hospitals often have programs for prospecting nursing students. Otherwise you would have to be well rounded (play sports, start a club or join one, get a job, list any hobbies you may have).

[🎤 AUTHOR]@ManuelA2 months ago

Thank you so much.

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2 months ago

Hi there! Your interest in being a Docter is amazing! As a sophomore, like myself, you still have about two-and-a-half years until college. But I too, struggle with extracurriculars.

Extracurriculars can be almost anything. From your school's gaming club to the little league baseball team you're on (not saying that you are. But you could be!). Most colleges don't really mind if you haven't done anything extra, but some do! Doing extracurriculars can be as simple or hard as you make it.

For example, during my free time, I like to code. I'm not exactly a part of a club or team but's it's a valuable skill to learn. Oh, and let me tell you something! Your extracurricular don't have to do a THING with your future major.

I want to major in Software Enginnering. And trust me, swimming, had nothing to do with that. Of course, you can still choose to have extracurricular with medicine, it might better your chances for college!

Another thing I will say. It's great you're thinking of applying for hard-reach schools. I myself and to worries, I won't make it! But also try different ranges. Saftey, hard-target, and reach schools. There are many out there! And even try to see your college choices. Do you want to go to pre-med school, a full medical school, or a university that offers a medical school?

It's really up to you. If you keep your GPA and Grades up, who knows! Maybe you could be emailed about up-coming medical camps! It's happened to me twice and I don't know a thing about medical school!

But don't let me tell you how to live your life! Get out there and have some fun! Even if in the future you change your mind. Always know, there's more than what's right in front of you!

2 months ago

I would say to be in between being "well-rounded" and only doing activities relating to what you want to do in the future. You do not want to have little to no activities relating to goal of being a doctor. Some science-related extracurriculars are the Science Honor Society, science fairs, or any science clubs that your school might offer. You can even volunteer to help those in need at a hospital like my classmate did which will count for community service. As long as colleges can see that you're devoted in that field, you're good to go. But, you shouldn't limit yourself to just that. If there are any other hobbies you like, show colleges how devoted you are to those hobbies as well. For example, if you are into music as well, if you shouldn't limit yourself to just medicine.

2 months ago

Extracurriculars have to be within your interest; as long as you have a clear goal within your extracurriculars you should be fine. Don’t take a ton of random ones that don’t match up with your goals, I would recommend some hospital work or groups ( in school or online) that show interest in medicine, online groups are easy to find, check instagram or even tiktok. If you don’t have one at your school consider starting one :)


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