I currently have absolutely no extracurriculars as a junior, which I know is awful. Do yall have any good ideas for some extracurriculars? If I keep volunteering enough I could get into NHS which is pretty solid.
Hey there @Ansom!
1. Try to join a few clubs at your school. My school offers a huge variety of clubs from Math League to Science Olympiad to Literary Magazine to Trivia Club. Pick anything that you're passionate about a join the club for it. If one doesn't exist, you can probably start your own club too.
2. Another good EC is a job/internship somewhere in your community. You can ask around to see if any places need help or have positions for high school interns. Working at a local summer camp is a great volunteer experience or job.
3. If you like writing, submit to the Scholastic Awards, the National Council of Teachers of English Awards, YoungArts Awards, or Bennington Young Writers Awards. (You can also sumbit artwork to the Scholastic Awards.)
4. Do theatre in your community, join a choir, band, or orchestra at your school or in your city. Alternately, take up dancing or play on a sports team.
5. Run for class officer (president, VP, treasurer, student liaison, secretary, etc.) or become the president of a club at your school.
These are just a few ideas, but hopefully you get the general idea. Do things that you have interest in. Good luck!
I'm kinda in the same boat, but I've found some that I've liked.
Find a job- not only do you get to make money, but you show that you have experience in working, which is excellent. And if you make good connections, it could even help you with admissions!
Join any clubs, even if it's too late- it is the middle of the year, and clubs are already running. But if there's any new clubs or small clubs that need more people, join them! Obviously it's more helpful if it's a club your interested in but a club is still a club
Look for online opportunities- if you look up remote part time jobs, remote volunteering, remote internship, I'm sure you could find something great. It's easy to access, and again, shows you have work experience.
Really pursue your hobbies- even if it's solving rubix cubes, make youtube videos/tiktoks on how to solve them, or entertaining videos for people to watch. Or you can try and enter a competition, or start a club/volunteer to teach people how to solve rubix cubes. My point is to use one of your hobbies for fun, and use them to your extent; you already like doing it, why not just take it from a hobby, to a more impressive extracurriclar!
I hope this helps, I too, am struggling to find more things to help me stand out
Extracurriculars include any activity you participate in outside the classroom. It doesn't have to be clubs at school. It could be a job, an internship, volunteering, hobbies, etc. The college wants to see how you spend your time when you're not in class, and to see how that aligns with your values and your goals.
Start a community based club: Key Club or Aid4Need if your school doesn't have any. Or try starting any club that you're passionate about. Try to gain leadership positions in any clubs. Continue volunteering, but try to find one organization or one activity that interests you the most, and volunteer frequently for a long time. NHS is pretty good! Try to get a part time job as a tutor or waiter, etc. Apply for internships at your local businesses for the summer. Start a research project or anything of your own initiative. Try blog writing about your favorite topics. If you have any hobbies (art, sports, dance, music, etc.) then start a SoundCloud or youtube channel to showcase your work. Enter competitions and contests related to your hobbies. Take courses online. Learn a new language, and apply it in culture or language exchange programs. If you need any ideas related to specific topics, then I can try and help you better.
Hey, I found running for positions such as president and VP, treasurer, etc. is the best way to get it in. Or look into the many clubs that you're school has to offer.
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