Whether you are looking for something to do in your spare time or looking to beef up your college application, joining a club or after-school activity is the right move.

If you aren’t interested in organized sports like football or baseball, and drama isn’t your thing, you might be able to find something a bit more interesting within your community or school. To get you started, here are a few ideas that might help you stand out: 

1. Volunteering 

If you want to stand out from your peers, you can’t go wrong with volunteering. Volunteering will help you develop skills for joining the workforce and it looks good on a college application, too! You will learn things like time management, leadership, communication skills, and dependability.

There are a variety of volunteering opportunities available in most communities, but you should try to find something that interests you to get the most out of it. This could include volunteering at an animal shelter, collecting donations for a food drive, or helping at a nursing home. 

2. Martial Arts Classes

If traditional organized sports aren’t your thing, you might want to consider joining a martial arts club. With several types to choose from like Taekwondo, Judo, and Jujitsu, you should have no trouble finding something to suit your interests.

Martial arts are beneficial for teaching flexibility, self-discipline, and improving cognitive function. It also has the bonus of not requiring previous experience or specific skills, as it can all be taught and developed over time. 

3. Fencing Lessons

Fencing is another great option for teenagers looking to stand out. Like martial arts, fencing lessons require a lot of focus and will benefit your cognitive function, flexibility, and agility over time.

Fencing is also safer than most types of martial arts, especially when it comes to injuries to the head and spine. Although fencing can be big commitment, it is an exciting sport that could help you get into a reputable college or the Olympics one day! 

4. Powerlifting 

If you want to get stronger and feel more confident, joining a powerlifting club might be the right choice for you. Unlike weight training, powerlifting focuses on three lifts in particular: squat, deadlift, and bench press at a high-intensity level.

With proper training and supervision, powerlifting is safe and can help you build muscle mass while improving the way you see yourself. If you participate in other types of sports, you might find that you suffer from less fatigue or injuries thanks to your involvement in powerlifting. 

5. Coding

If you have an interest in computers or video games, you should consider joining a club that focuses on coding or programming. Not only will you get to spend time doing something you already enjoy, but you will also be working on developing essential skills like attention to detail, creativity, and how to problem-solve.

If you are thinking about your future, learning how to code websites, mobile apps, or games will prepare you for a successful career in technology, a prominent field in today’s market.

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