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 : )
Thank you for your answers!
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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.