2 years ago
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What extracurriculars should I try for?

I'm a freshman in high school, and I don't really know what to do in the future, but I do plan on applying to slightly more selective schools. So, I was wondering if there were any sports, extracurriculars, or summer programs I should try for so I look like a competitive applicant. My school also doesn't have that many clubs, or really developed clubs. I've done a winter sport, I play in our band, and I'm going to volunteer at an old school of mine. I'm open to most things, I just kind of need ideas, I guess?

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2 years ago

Hi Kaya,

First of all, props to you for starting early! I myself only began searching extracurriculars around sophomore year, and colleges really like to see consistency through all four.

I was in the same situation, my high school's opportunities were pretty limited. So, I'd advise you to make your own. Enroll in an internship, start a club/charity/fundraiser, join a service expedition, conduct some sort of Capstone research, start a community initiative. For example, (we'll call my high school "Abe Lincoln" for security reasons!) I launched Back to Work Abe Lincoln mid-senior year. I saw that businesses around me were understaffed, and we created a job database to stimulate the labor force a bit. Something like that is infinitely more attractive to a college than, say, junior varsity basketball or the gardening club that meets once a semester.

So be creative! Do what hasn't been done. I'll be honest, it's pretty fun!

2 years ago

Hi Kaya! You can always try out sports that your school offers, because that is not only a great way to meet new friends, but it is also a great extracurricular that you might be interested in! If you're interested, you could create a club at your school, and invite some friends to participate. This is a great way to feel immersed in the culture at your school. If your school offers it, Student Council and Silver Cord are also two really good extracurriculars that will be be beneficial for you. There really are tons of different things you can do, so just find whatever your passionate about and what makes you happy! Hope that helps!

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