College Tips - Extracurricular Activities during COVID
As discussed in our last blog post, extracurricular activities for high school students are important for a variety of reasons. However, in the wake of a pandemic, the options and ability to participate in extracurricular activities are greatly minimized. Common activities like band, debate, athletics, and drama are not available in the same way they usually are. However, it is not impossible for high school students to participate in extracurricular activities. While it might be slightly more difficult than usual, there are some creative ways to make it work.
Virtual seems to be the way of things these days, so why should extracurricular activities be any different? Some schools are offering after-school club sports on a virtual platform. Other websites and companies have coding classes available so students can fine-tune their tech skills. Music lessons have also gone virtual, so students don't need to give up their passion and talent. Look for opportunities that interest you and see what might be available. You might even discover something that you never had time to do before!
Create your own opportunities
If there isn't something available to you, create your own opportunity. This will not only fulfill your desire, but will impress colleges and universities. If you love art, consider starting an online business to sell your work, or teach after-school online art classes to kids or individuals. Use your talents and passions to create opportunities that might not exist.
Community service is also an extracurricular activity, and there is plenty of room for it today. Maybe you create a mask drive or school supply drive for children in your area who might not have access to the supplies they need. Collect cans of food for families who are struggling to make ends meet and put food on their table each night during this pandemic. Plan an environmental clean-up in your area that allows you to get together with a small group of friends, practice safe social distancing, and still put service into action. Consider needs in your area or in the greater community. Discover what calls to you, and make it happen.
Wrapping it all up
Colleges understand that this is a different type of year, but that doesn't mean you should give up on extracurriculars entirely. Remind yourself of the benefits and determine what will work best for you as you pursue new opportunities. Colleges will be looking at a variety of aspects as they review applications and resumes. Resilience and adaptability are major components that college admission teams look for in their applicants, and this year has provided an opportunity to truly demonstrate grit. Take advantage of all you can and make the most of the situation. Your efforts will shine through in applications and demonstrate not just the type of student you are, but the type of person.
As always, we are here to help and support in any way needed as you navigate this process. If you need help brainstorming ideas or piecing together your resume, please do not hesitate to reach out.