I'm going into my sophomore year of high school, and I'm having trouble finding extracurriculars that are good for my desired major. I'm looking at majoring in Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology and hoping to find some good places to volunteer or something (I am also in need of volunteer hours). However, it doesn't have to be volunteering. I live in the Chicagoland area if that helps.
Often I see people suggesting "starting your own research" on the subject. How exactly would I do that and shape that into an impressive extracurricular?
You can do research in a multitude of ways: you can research topics of meteorology and atmospheric sciences on your own and create reports about it, or if your school has a Science Research/AP Research course you can do it through that and possibly end up competing at events such as ISEF. (I don’t know much about research as an academic field, I’m more humanities based, but people I know who are really dedicated to science really enjoy their research class.)
You could also see if you could get an internship/shadow a meteorologist or someone of a similar career where you live over the summer.
You could also do different extracurriculars besides research, like helping those affected by weather disasters by physically volunteering or by holding drives for items they might need.
If you’d be interested in the media aspect of meteorology, like reporting it on the news, you could also look into broadcast production/journalism as an extracurricular.
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