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Student story: Extracurriculars that are nontraditional

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  • orange juice squid orange style avatar for user Jon Winder
    Is there a way to start an extracurricular activity at your school if they don't offer one?
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    • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Maura Walsh
      An "extracurricular activity" doesn't need to have anything to do with school at all. If your extracurricular is horseback riding, or bug collecting, or photographing local landmarks -- Those are all valuable activities that enrich you as a person and engage you with the world. Whether as a member of an organized group, or independently, any authentically pursued activity can enhance your college application.
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  • aqualine tree style avatar for user Jalissa Cruz
    would volenteer jobs be counted as extracurricular?
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    • orange juice squid orange style avatar for user rick lee
      Absolutely! Volunteer at your local food band, senior center, hospital, church. The opportunities are endless. Use you imagination and go for it. Do not forget that (if you are in high school or middle school) the local elementary school might need volunteers. TUTOR someone. good luck and good learning
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Lupin Holmes
    Is it only universities in the US that consider activities like these as extracurricular? I doubt any colleges in third world countries will accept baby-sitting cousins as a legit one.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user kiba
    I'm on a Archery team, i have health problems but my college doesn't have a team or anything what should I do.
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    • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user Liz
      You can normally go to your college and create a club, in this case Archery, and if it goes through with all the paperwork and whatnot, you can coordinate with other teams from other colleges and whatnot, and try to make a tournament or something. I would look at your college's website in regard to who to contact about making a club.
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  • leaf blue style avatar for user Devilyn0705
    why does it have to be traditional
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- So even though I didn't participate in many of the traditional extracurricular activities, I did play a large part in my family. My nephews lived with us while I was in high school, and I watched them a lot. I wanted my parents to come home to a house that was calm and tranquil and somewhere that they could somewhat relax, and I didn't want them to be doing all of the work just because my parents worked five days ... well, my mom worked five days a week, and my dad worked six days a week, and they deserved the break, and it was important for me to be able to help them. I realized that when I was doing the college application process, that this was considered an extracurricular because it's something that has shaped me and my experience, so I was able to put that on my college application process, not only in the extracurriculars, but I also wrote about it in my personal statement, and that was an experience that was unique to me, an experience that not everyone had, and I was, hopefully, able to stand out to my Admissions Officer.