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What extracurriculars should I do, if I'm interested in STEM specifically computer science?

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These are the extracurriculars and sports my school offers:

Football

Boys/Girls Basketball Softball

Boys/Girls Soccer Boys/Girls Volleyball

Boys/Girls Tennis

Boys/Girls Cross Country Track

Boys/Girls Indoor And Outdoor Track

Cheerleading

Boys/Girls Bowling

Color Guard

Boys/Girls Swimming

Tiger Gaming Alliance

Chorus

Video Club Band/Marching Band

Gay Straight Alliance

Art/Photography Spanish Club Orchestra

Academic Bowl

Audio/Visual - Video Club

Literature Club

National Honor Society

Chess Club

Choraliers

Italian Club

Spanish Club

Future Business Leaders Of America (Fbla)

Math Club

The Memo

Nova

Tigs

Drama Club

Peer Club

Student Council

Yearbook Staff

Academic Bowl

Youth Alive

Baking Club

Video Club

* If I'm interested in STEM specifically computer science/technology... which ones should I participate in?

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When it comes to extracurriculars, while it could be beneficial to have STEM-related extracurriculars, in the end, what's really important is what you want to do. If any of those activities interest you, do them! I am planning to go into engineering, and while I have been involved in my school's robotics team for the past few years, I also am very involved in concert and marching band at my high school, only because I enjoy it. I've learned so much about working with people and being a leader through that too.

However, there are things that colleges look for in students who want to go into STEM fields. They want people who show good leadership qualities, which can come from any of the activities you listed if you have the dedication needed, but Student Council, FBLA, and NHS are all easy ones to show leadership in. Colleges do like to see activities related to what you want to go in to, but you shouldn't base your activities completely around that. Most computer science extracurriculars that I've heard about are ones that students pursue on their own, like participating in hackathons or publishing their own apps. Since there don't seem to be many STEM-related clubs or activities at your school, you could always start a computer science/technology club. It would take a lot of work, but it would show your passion for computer science, your motivation and dedication to it, and your leadership abilities.

Thank you so much for your feedback!! I absolutely love my community so I’ve done MOMS which is a community service based club. I’m also the photographer for the club but it didn’t really last much. The teacher in charge of it didn’t have the time to continue some meetings. I’ve done student council and I applied to be one of the officers for the school spirit and community service commitee!! As for apps and hackathons, I would be more than happy to do them but I haven’t learned how to code :(
If you’re interested in going into computer science, now is a great time to learn how to code! Khan Academy has free coding classes, but I’m not sure if they’re good or if they’re super simple. Many Ivy League schools also offer free online computer science classes, which might be beneficial to look into after you learn some coding basics.