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Student story: Extracurriculars that are self created

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  • orange juice squid orange style avatar for user Jon Winder
    What is the best way to create an extracurricular activity, and what types are best for a college application?
    (6 votes)
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    • ohnoes default style avatar for user Funkadillon
      If you REALLY love something and your school doesn't offer it, then you make a club. Don't start a club that you won't be interested in.
      Another thing, colleges like diversity. If you made a club that's very unique, they will most likely remember you. So let's say you started a squirrel feeding club. Not many people have that club right? It's unique. That's what colleges look for.
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  • leaf blue style avatar for user Devilyn0705
    what are activities that i can do
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  • blobby green style avatar for user ShenShenMath
    Would doing art commissions, drawing for clients, or taking art requests online be considered an extracurricular? I draw digitally with a drawing tablet, but I wonder if it is a waste of time. Would it look appealing to universities? Would some even weirder things like voice synthesizing software be interesting to colleges?
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user lmubeira
    What would some good examples of nontraditional extracurriculars be? I like cosplay, for example, but I want to be a doctor. Would putting something such as costume designing be recommended even if what I want to be isn't related to it?
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    • leaf red style avatar for user Vιolετ™
      If you are passionate about cosplaying and have participated in events relating to it, I would definitely put it on your application - it showcases something unique about you. Many kids want to be doctors, but not nearly as many show an interest in costume designing.
      I might even try to tie it back into your pre-med interest somehow. You could possibly organize a cosplay event at a community center or high school to raise money for a research program at a local hospital.
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  • leaf blue style avatar for user Devilyn0705
    how do you create a club
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Video transcript

- In high school, I knew that I was supposed to get involved with clubs, but I wasn't really interested in any of the options. I think I was choosing between the cheese club and social committee, and frankly none of those things were things that I was passionate about. So, I decided I should just create opportunities for myself and I should just look for places where I could do things that I wanted to do. And so when my high school was moving campuses, I realized, "Oh, this is something I can do. "I can help coordinate a move. "I can organize movers. "I can move furniture." So I went to the director of my school and said, "Can I help you move this school?" and she said "Sure." So I invited 20 of my friends and we organized the move and that was an opportunity that I'd created for myself and that I later put on a college application.