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07/05/2020 at 07:45PM

Are everyone extra-curricular on "hold", due to the coronavirus pandemic?

Just wondering so I can know if I need to do extra-curricular because so far I can't seem to find any.

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3 answers

07/05/2020 at 08:09PM

Yup! My three main extracurriculars before lockdown started were hockey, competition math, and piano. I haven't been inside a rink for four months now, have spent minimal time preparing for math competitions, and canceled my piano lessons. Now, I've replaced hockey with running. I'm still playing piano for about an hour a day, and I plan to sit for an official exam when the pandemic ends and maybe even volunteer to play somewhere. While I'm not doing math, I'm participating in an online summer program for physics. On top of that, I'm experimenting with different hobbies.

To me, it seems like what really matters as that you do something worthwhile with your time. We've all had to make adjustments, but it still is possible to gain from this experience. Opportunities will always be there if you look for them. Of course, if you are being greatly impacted by the pandemic, don't worry about extracurriculars. Health and safety always come first, but if you are looking for something to do, even a quick Google search will bring up many ideas.

Accepted Answer
07/05/2020 at 10:02PM

So team/club/school ECs are technically on hold but if it is a club you can likely organize a virtual meeting of it. Sports are more or less canceled across the board.

But there are many ECs that are at home projects such as a blog/YT channel. If you are over 16 you can also be getting a fast food job and some places are having online work to do.

(A blog can be about anything a diary about books about hockey about piano anything.)

Then there are the online class type of EC I’m taking an online coding class as coding is dead useful for engineering which is what I want to do.

So yes some ECs are unable to occur but there are many substitutes.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@cruz.alex07/06/2020 at 04:31PM

What coding classes are you taking? I appreciate your response!

@DebaterMAX07/06/2020 at 04:54PM

Zero to Hero Python on Udemy by Jose Portillo(not sure how to spell last name) he has also made courses for other programming languages

07/06/2020 at 03:01PM

If you have an instagram account you can use it to find many non-profit organizations to join. I participated in many clubs and programs that I found through Instagram. Some accounts to check out are: InternNet, Simply Neuroscience, and just use these two to find other clubs that might interest you.

Another way to find extracurriculars is participating in online contests. I am currently writing a short story for a writing competition are there are many other competitions for writing, art, math, and science. Just use google or find an academic blog to see some competitions. Sometimes these competitions are really difficult to compete in since they go to an international level, so I recommend selecting something you truly enjoy doing.

Lastly, make sure to do extracurriculars that you are interested in or would like to major in college. For example, I want to major in biomedical engineering so I am a blogger for Simply Neuroscience and a blogger for The Daily Dosage. And do something common between all of your extracurriculars so that the college can easily recognize you're passion. Like I really enjoy writing so I usually go for the blogger, writer, and editor positions in a club.