The more selective schools pay a lot of attention to your extracurricular activities. With all the students doing multiple on-
Here are some ideas, some of which cost little or no money:
A Short Video or Animated Slide Presentation
You can create a short video about something you care about. Generally, you want to pick a topic that shows your passion, concerns for the public good, and maturity. So it should not be about yourself and other topics that do not appeal to most other people. For instance, here are some topics that would make you more appealing:
– The Lack of Clean Water – The No. 1 Public Health Problem in the World
– How to Purify Water with Very Simple Devices — biosand filter
– Baby Incubators Made from Auto Parts – Why Local Solutions Are the Answers
A video can include pictures or videos you pull from online sources (but please remember to cite your sources). Put in additional information and ideas for action so you are advocating for something. Make it inspirational. Such videos will distinguish yourself from most other teenagers who can’t see beyond their Facebook postings.
Video editing can now be done with many free software, and even on your iPhone. You can really show your problem-
Finally, post it on Youtube so you can send them the link for them to review. The interviewer will review materials after the interview. If you do bring a portable DVD player to show the interviewer your video, that could show just how passionate you are about your project.
Most teenagers blog about useless stuff on their Facebook page. That’s not too bad if it’s circulated among authorized friends only. To really appeal to colleges, you can blog publicly about things of more general interest, such as your findings about a topic of concern (see the above examples). If it’s a personal blog about you, then focus on lessons you learn from things that happen to you instead of making it into a running diary (you are too young to have a worthwhile autobiography, I’m sorry to tell you…).
Here’s one example of a student’s blog about things she learns from everyday things: http://abimariamshadesofgray.blogspot.com/
Public Awareness Initiatives
A short video, an animated slide presentation, or a blog can all be part of a larger public awareness initiative for a cause that’s of general public appeal (see above examples). This, however, can be very time-
One easy outlet for you would be to contribute content to Achieve Goals’ “Broader Perspective” and “Obstacles” section. If we think your submission is good, we’ll publish it with your name as the author. This way you can publish materials without spending money on web hosting, marketing, etc.