Non-Traditional Extracurriculars: Defy Today’s Standards!


By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern

You’re not the standard person, so why appear as one?

For those who like to defy and be the oddball, you are the real trendsetters. You are more than what meets the eye. So, let’s make sure that colleges can see that with this list of peculiar extracurriculars (heh, like that rhyme? Try saying it like a mad scientist!)

Think outside the box

Before, I give you examples, think of what you are interested in. Anything qualifies to be an E.C., as long as you display commitment and it’s something that is rooted in your identity. Besides, there is nothing wrong with listing pet-sitting as an extracurricular. If you love pets, put it down in your college app! You have my support! I can guarantee you that the more non-traditional you get, the more competitive you make yourself against other candidates. I mean, who doesn’t want a pet-sitter enrolled in their college.

Here are a few unique activities that may interest you:

Culture Clubs




Now more than ever, colleges value students involved in promoting diversity and culture. Whether it is through traditional dances or games, such clubs will build community and demonstrate your passion for learning about other cultures. Because college can be pretty diverse, it is essential to show that you’re accepting those that may be different than your own.


Examples include Anime Club, Cricket Club, Egyptian Mythology Club, Tango Club and others.

Government agencies/ STEM organizations

Working for the government and/or a STEM organization will distinguish you from the average high schooler. Also, these experiences will be beneficial to have while finding employment in the future.

Here are examples of possible agencies and organizations

  • Nature reserve/ Historical site
  • Local Aquarium
  • Local Zoo
  • A pharmaceutical company
  • A bioengineer company

Girl Scouts, Big Sister Big Brother program

Being involved in an activity that you have devoted many years to you will display passion and commitment. Those traits will make you seem more qualified to handle an environment where many clubs are in need of committed personnel.


Taking dual enrollment classes at a local college would be a jewel in your resume. This will demonstrate that you have the skills to juggle multiple activities while excelling in college-level coursework. Also, you can use those credits to get ahead and clear out some of the general education courses. You are telling colleges you are qualified.

A Semester Abroad

While this option is more on the expensive side, this will demonstrate to colleges that you are not just one culture but multiple. To be able to learn in another country is an experience only a few can talk about, and if you have the opportunity, I would recommend you to seize it.

CIEE is a renowned organization that is certified with these sort of programs.

From one oddball to another, make sure you stay true to yourself and do things that will make you different. May the differences be the very aspects that make you stand out to not only your community but also to colleges and the admissions process.


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