Make Time For Extracurricular Activities!
Soon after the school year gets into full swing, the extracurricular activities and the drive to sign up for them comes to the forefront. Your high school and local community likely offers a variety of non-academic, off-the-curriculum opportunities for activities that you can get involved with. Of course, you are not required to participate in any, but believe us, you should!
Here are the top 5 reasons why you should have at least one or two extracurricular activities, even if you feel you’re swamped with schoolwork!
Develop Your Passions
Is there an activity that you are already crazy about? Joining a team or club that aligns with your passions and interests is a great way for you to spend more time doing what you love! If you enjoy sports, try out for team. If you dream of building a droid, join the robotics team!
You can discuss what you are good at or what you enjoy doing with your school counselors and they can help you find an activity that best fits your wants and needs. If your school doesn’t have what you want, check out other community options like parks and recreation offerings or local gyms and clubs.
Learn Something New
Have you always wanted to try something and have never had the chance? Maybe you’ve always chosen athletics but would love to check out theater and acting. Or maybe you’re intrigued by how it would be to join a dance or glee club. Go ahead, give it a shot!
Now’s the time to engage in new experiences and figure out how much you like them with very little risk. You can always change your mind!
Extracurriculars at school are a great way to hang out with friends and also meet new people and connections along the way. School clubs are often one of the best ways to develop interpersonal skills as they involve leadership and working together as a team. Plus, you’ll have many opportunities to celebrate (party!) wins and events with your group!
Prepare For College
You’ve probably heard this before, but colleges do look for more than academics when reviewing your transcript for admissions. They want to see that you are actively participating in extracurricular activities and are putting yourself out there, and it gives colleges a better of idea of who you are.
It is not a question of how many, but which activities you choose and how deeply involved you were in them. Read this to find out more about how colleges view extracurriculars.
High school can be stressful if you are not used to it. Participating in extracurriculars will help you not only survive high school, but also enjoy it.
Sports and exercise have been proven to boost your self-esteem and overall happiness. Not into sports? Getting involved in a club that you are interested in such as yearbook, student council, drama, choir and so on will greatly enrich your teen years!
Become A Well-rounded Person
Life is about more than academics. Take this time to do what you love and explore new things! Many adults have discovered their passions or a lifelong hobby by participating in extracurricular activity at high school. You’ have a chance to sample some of the experiences that make life more enjoyable and rich – and, of course, less routine and boring!
School is supposed to prepare you for life. And while writing essays and preparing for biology tests are very important, there are opportunities to learn life skills outside the classroom too. What’s your favorite extracurricular activity at school? Share with us!