- Engaging in extracurricular activities
- Student story: Extracurriculars that are leadership opportunities
- Student story: Extracurriculars that are nontraditional
- Student story: Extracurriculars that are self created
- Student story: Extracurriculars that are a passion
- Student story: Extracurriculars that carry over from high school to college
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- What is the best way to create an extracurricular activity, and what types are best for a college application?(6 votes)
- 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.(12 votes)
- what are activities that i can do(3 votes)
- Anything. Name it, see if it's possible and try it out. Whatever may be the end result, it is an experience.(2 votes)
- 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?(2 votes)
- Yes. Anything that you are spending significant time on would probably count. That sounds so cool!Are you getting paid? If so, that might be considered a part-time job. Hope that helps!(3 votes)
- 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?(2 votes)
- 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.(3 votes)
- 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.