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Best extracurriculars for Psychology major?

I am in a community college studying psychology and want to apply to many great schools by the time I transfer! I am interested in getting my masters to become a clinical psychologist or educational counselor after undergrad. However, during the time I am in community college now, I want to increase my chances of getting accepted into a great school for psychology. I read on the internet that creating a podcast or talk would be a good one, but I dislike the idea of sharing my voice because I am very shy... but I do love to volunteer and offer my help to anyone needed! Because of the pandemic, I stopped volunteering at a school, but I hope to find similar opportunities soon. Is there a specific area of activity I should focus on? Should I find specific places/areas to volunteer/work/intern at? There is also a Certified Nursing Assistant certification program offered at my school-- would this be helpful? I just hope I can boost my application in all ways possible : )

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Meighan’s Answer

It may be helpful to think about what areas you may want to specialize in once you reach your goal of becoming a counselor. Is it educational counseling? Adolescent counseling? Family counseling? Survivors of trauma? Use this time to pursue a specific interest and find your passion (or rule out areas you don't want to pursue-that is equally valuable)!

For example, if you think you want to specialize in counseling survivors of domestic violence or assault, try volunteering or getting a part time position at a Women's Shelter. For family or adolescent counseling, look for positions at Women and Infant Care (WIC) centers or YMCA or other youth focused activities. If educational counseling, try to see if you college has any open positions in the Dean's Officer or Admissions and Outreach center. Or, become a Teaching Assistant for a Professor who's psychology class you really enjoyed and did well in!

Bottom line-any activity you are passionate about and can speak to in your college application or interview will be helpful in your college application. In general, depth is more important than breadth. Don't take on so much that your grades suffer.

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Maya’s Answer

Hi Christina! I am a current college student and I just recently transferred and I think some things you want to start now before transferring (and possibly continue once you do transfer) is try to get some research opportunities with psychology professors or find internships/ volunteer opportunities at therapy offices or at colleges. Another thing you can try is start a club at your community college that focuses on psychology studies and careers that way you can have a leadership opportunity on your resume. These are some big things you can start doing and looking into that will help you get into schools when you transfer and help you get into graduate schools as well. Hope this helped!

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