I'm junior in high school and I didn't do any extracurricular during my freshman and sophomore year, I wanted to do community service this year but it wasn't possible for me. Since I don't have any strong extracurricular my first 2 years of high school what can I do to stand out in college application and can I add my hobbies as extracurricular activity, for instance: I do programming and if I showcase my projects and my contribution on other software projects will it look good to colleges and can I put linguistics as a hobby since I'm learning new languages and by the time I apply to colleges I should be fluent in 4 languages. And besides that what more can I add to my extracurricular activities to stand out among other applicants.
Programming and learning new languages undoubtedly count as extracurriculars (ECs). Any hobby can count as an EC provided that you regularly participate in it and it contributes to your "holistic" development.
Try exploring the clubs at your school or other opportunities available to you outside school and see if anything interests you. It's not too late to start an EC that you like; ECs serve a greater purpose (skill development) than just increasing the chances of getting accepted by a college. However, it is meaningless to get involved in ECs just for the sake of creating a superficial resume. Admissions officers are aware of such things.
If you want to stand out among applicants, remember that quality trumps quantity when it comes to ECs. Significant progress/achievements in fewer ECs are better than mediocrity in a whole bunch of ECs.
Apart from ECs, essays are also a great way to differentiate yourself from others.
Hope this helps!
I'm caught in a similar situation to yours; I love singing and dancing but I don't have space in my schedule to take choir and the dance team at my school is ballet based and I do hip-hop. You could compete with your hobbies? Enter coding competitions? I enjoy writing and don't have a writing club at my school that I know of, so I enter many teen writing competitions, which typically look really good on college applications. Extracurriculars don't have to be exclusive to the clubs in school, do they? Competitions would be awesome to help you boost your college application! With your fluency in multiple languages, you could sign up to volunteer in multicultural events where the languages you speak may come in handy for translating! These two suggestions are the best I've got. Good luck!
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