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08/15/2020 at 10:25PM
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How can I improve my extracurriculars when I am in a rural town with little opportunities?

I am currently involved in six extracurriculars in my sophomore year. I want to major in journalism so I am focusing on writing. I want to know good extracurriculars that are accessible anywhere considering I have little resources around me.


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08/15/2020 at 11:42PM

Hey, you should look into starting your own initiative online. Even though there is a pandemic, you can still do things virtually. If you have access to the internet then do that. Also, look into sites like " Volunteer Match" or "Indeed" if you want a job or volunteer positions. You just need to see if you are eligible for positions. It will add value if you do something on your own/with someone else and it works out. If you do start something, don't let go of it and continue it until high school ends. It really does add value and shows how passionate you are. For example, you can start an online newspaper or your own blog. Promote it on social media too. You can also collaborate with people that go to your school and come up with something. See if you could look into your town's newspaper and contribute in any way or even earn a position there! Also, stick to extra-curricular activities that you actually enjoy and you will be fine. Good luck! :)

08/16/2020 at 03:45PM

I think that you living in a rural town can be used to your advantage. Because you live in a small town, I would assume that there is a local news station, a newspaper, or anything of the sorts. You can send an email to either their HR Department, editor, or someone you know there to see if you could have an internship. You can be help with small tasks and work your way up to writing op-eds, investigative reports, or something of the sorts. Best of luck!

08/15/2020 at 10:37PM

Ouch... I .really dont envy your position but to be honest it doesn’t seem as you’d be able to get into selective schools (sub 40ish % admit rate) I’d aim for state schools.

If you really want to try to get into a selective I’d try to participate in state competition my highschool enters a yearbook and newspaper competition every year you can look to see if your school does something similiar. Also try to become editor of the school paper or the person who leads the school yearbook. Also consider looking at virtual opportunities like a person who asked a question like 2 months ago was from a small town and was a board member of an international project so it definitely isn’t impossible to get really good ECs as a rural student.

Really hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification as I’d be happy to help clarify!


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