so doing extracurriculars looks really good on you, & it's really really vital to be able to put these on a college app. SO LET'S DO THiS. ♥
O1; find time, qurl! ♥(:
there's NO possible way you can just squish some extracurriculars (from this point on, EC's) into your day. you need to make room for them!
try cutting out your scheduled 'watch TV for two hours + procrastinate on homework for 3 hours' time frame & setting it aside for EC's(: ♥
or just be willing to stay after school(:
O2; VOLUNTEER! ♥(:
a lot of people seem to overlook volunteering when they think of EC's. most people will go straight to clubs, sports, & blah blah. which is totally fine, but you want to know ALL your options(:
usually, libraries & government run places / charitable organizations are ALWAYS ALWAYS accepting volunteers. so head on to your local library & see if they've got any room for you! usually libraries will have volunteers that organize their shelves, read to children, tutor children, etc. after school.
you can also check out any animal shelters, museums, environment centers, senior centers, daycares, or any other places that offer community service. see if your parents / family / friends know of anywhere they can hook you up with. HECK, it can even be a one time gig cleaning up garbage at the side of the road! (i did that when i was eight, and it was actually fun when i invited my friends & siblings!) ♥
which brings me to my next point... INViTE SOMEONE YOU LOVE. not only does it double the fun of volunteering, but it adds to the work that the place desperately needs(:
O3; sports ♥(:
sports are actually a lot of work, they require physical fitness, devotion, a competitive spirit, and a somewhat natural / aquired talent.
if you have any of those, consider signing up for a sport in the upcoming season. im seriously considering joining outdoor track in the spring. it's a healthy way to exercise, so you don't really have to worry as much about chillin on your machine at home(: ♥
if you're in a decent sized school, they'll offer a lot more sports opportunities, which might interest you, including golf, swimming, bowling, fencing, that other schools might overlook
O4; clubs ♥(:
clubs are a ton of fun, & if your school is cool enough, they'll let you start your own if you can't find one you like. clubs in your school should cover virtually any hobby or interest, and they don't meet excessively often so it's not a HUUUGEEE devotion, yet it DOES count as an EC. in my school, im in cooking and photography(: ♥ fun riiighhtt? haha so just look through club lists & see if you might want to join one with a friend. it's never too latee!
O5; positions ♥(:
any 'political' position in your school is an EC. i have the teeny tiny position of homeroom representative, but i still get credits for it! try running for a club / sports position, a school representative position, etc.
O6; monitors ♥(:
if you SERIOUSLY don't want to stay after school, consider being a monitor. you can do this during your free or lunch period, where you just help out your favorite teacher. you can even do it IN THEIR CLASS if you have a nice teacher (my friend asked to be a monitor for the chillest teacher in my school, & she gest credits for passing out papers daily...) most teachers will just mae you organize / staple papers, etc. simple work, & its not a huge commitment(:
you can also monitor for department offices (principal's office, main office, social studies office, math office, guidance office, etc.) libraires in your school, the lunchroom & things like that.
O7; productions ♥(:
if you're in a club / class that does productions, you can get a lot of credit for it. drama / singing classes may put on productions that you can participate in as an EC. similarly, clubs such as photography, ethnic clubs, etc, might organize productions that you can participate in. you can even start a production yourself for major credits! just make sure you're getting approval & spreading the word.
O8; teams ♥(:
not like sports teams.
health teams, math teams, newspaper teams, yearbook etc. these teams usually meet up during school, sometimes after school, & they discuss whatever, & get credits for it. (usually a class too)
if you can get something published in the school, you're golden.
also things such as debate, public speaking, etc are really good, competitive teams that require more brain than fitness if you'd like to join a team(:
well that's all i could think of.
i've gotta get studying though, but if i think of anything else i'll add it.
hope this helps!
& pm with questions. ♥