How should I get involved during the summer?
I am in 9th grade and want to get into a college like UCLA majoring in psychology. I wanted to do something specific to my interests of psychology this summer but I am lost. I have asked my sister and other family to help but they clearly did not do much. What should I do this summer that you think could help with my college resume?
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I am pleased to see your commitment to your education and career at the 9th grade. What interests you about psychology? Psychology is a very broad major and field of practice, allowing you to partake in a multitude of opportunities. I recommend starting here and spending some time with major and career exploration and learning more about yourself. Please keep in mind that our wants, needs, and interests are dynamic and changing, so my best advice is to be open-minded and enjoy the journey.
What I recommend is for you to take rigorous courses in high school and do well in them, get involved in extracurricular and co-curricular activities that are of interest to you and seek leadership opportunities. I will outline a few ideas in the next steps section of my response.
I wish you the best and enjoy the process. Remember, be open-minded and always explore.
Arshia recommends the following next steps:
It is awesome that you already have an idea of what you want to do long-term when you're just in 9th grade. When I was in 9th grade I honestly had no idea what I wanted to do yet. My advice is to network throughout your High School years and into college. College's love High Schoolers who were active in their community and organizations. It shows leadership skills and teamwork. I would recommend volunteering for local organizations this summer. When school starts up, join the psychology club, and if your school does not have one, then you can create one! Find an organization that you are passionate about, and this may be something you can narrow your psychology field in. Psychology is such a broad field, so finding whatever you are passionate about can help you find out what psychology position you want to acquire after college.
1. Start to think ahead about the courses you want to take in high school. I saw AP Psychology was listed above, which is a great option! Research to see if that class has pre-requisites and investigate what other psychology related classes your school offers. Sociology is also a related realm you can explore courses in.
2. If your school does not have a psychology club, join other clubs/organizations! Things like Peer Leadership, tutoring, and honor societies can show a dedication to academic success and helping others.
3. During the upcoming year, check on job/internship listing sites (such as Indeed) to see if any psychology-related places near you have openings next summer for high school internships. It can be more challenging to get an internship as a sophomore, so keep an open mind!
4. Soak in psychology knowledge! Research books and/or informational videos targeted to high schoolers wanting to pursue psychology. This can be great foundational tool to explore more.
All things to consider! Good luck!