3 months ago
Admissions Advice

Extracurriculars Question

Hello everyone!

I'm doing pretty well in school, but I'm worried about my extracurriculars. I'm aiming for a selective college, but I haven't received any awards because my school doesn't offer many competitions and things like that. Also, I only have a few extra curriculars and will have to apply for college soon, after my junior year summer.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I've tried signing up for internships and things like that, but I fear that isn't enough.


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3 months ago[edited]

Have you tried joining a Key Club (slash other community service club), or maybe even founding one? I'm not sure how busy your schedule is, but that would be a great way to show you care about your community and meet some new people. If not, you can look outside of your school for something both enjoyable and something to help you learn, like summer camps, local art/writing competitions, etc.

3 months ago

My #1 piece of advice: Pursue your passion!

Not only do colleges want to see passion in students, but high school is a time to explore yourself and find that unique thing you are passionate about. You may know what you enjoy but get specific with yourself. What do you care about? What is most important to you?

Once you have figured this out (don't worry if it takes time), then put that new purpose into practice. Pursue that passion any way you can- related classes, extracurriculars, hobbies, books, videos...

For example, I love horticulture and floral design so I have done much independent research cultivated 100s of plants. Then I began taking certificate-level floral design classes. I just kept finding ways to pursue that dream.

Don't worry about doing "enough"- just do what you love. Don't do EC's to just do EC's. Find EC's you care about and genuinely enjoy.

I hope this helps. Please lmk if you have any questions!

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