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06/20/2020 at 10:39PM

What should I do now?

I am planning to pursue STEM major. I have a few leadership positions in activities irrelevant to STEM. I watched a webinar on collegevine and the presenter said that having extracurriculars and leadership positions in STEM-related activities would increase my admission chances. So the question is, what STEM ECs can I do in the current situation?

Note that I don't have experience in STEM activities

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2 answers

06/20/2020 at 10:59PM

Some colleges are offering online summer camps and webinars that are STEM specific so if you look at the websites for schools you are interested in you might find that. My school teaches engineering classes so I have emailed those teachers to ask what camps they know of that are still being held but you could also email a math teacher you have had or a science teacher to see what things they have heard of going on this summer.

06/20/2020 at 10:43PM

you need to jump on top of literally as many stem activities as you can. here are some you can join in school.

* science olympiad

* science research/science fair

* engineering club

* premed/med club

* red cross club

* mathletes

* science/math quiz bowl

also make sure you are taking as many advanced science and math classes as you can. if you’re looking at top schools then you need to be advanced in basically all classes regardless. get involved with some stem focused extracurricular that is not school-sponsored so maybe a volunteering service, tutoring, or something else like that

[🎤 AUTHOR]@mahmoud_elbaddaly06/20/2020 at 10:57PM

That was helpful!

I just finished junior year and will start applying next November so I don't have much time to get involved and have leadership positions in those clubs. So is it okay to tell highly competitive schools that I am just a member?

@crsgo042206/21/2020 at 08:43PM

Yes, it’s better to state that you were a member than to not put anything, ofc if you actually join. Don’t lie about your ECs for a resume. I will be quite honest it is to your disadvantage that you are only adding STEM activities your last year of high school which will not be good for highly competitive schools, but late is better than ever. Seriously apply for some level of school positions or officers; since your a senior and most HS clubs take seniority into account, u might get a position