During university studies, students in all disciplines have the opportunity to take part in extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities are generally offered in a wide range of areas such as sports, drama, music, debate, science, etc – to suit all interests. Extracurricular activities encompass any activities that are “outside” of the school curriculum. Clubs are a great way for students to interact, find like-minded people, and even build their resumes!
Here are some benefits of taking part in extracurricular activities:
A Break from Monotony
With the constant workload and peer pressure, university life can be pretty stressful. Extracurricular activities provide a healthy break from the monotony of academic work and the general stress of life. They give students a chance to explore themselves in a controlled environment, and are neither too removed from school nor too close to it as to feel suffocated. It is a healthy break from studies, and helps students find like-minded people to hang out with.
Better Academic Performance
There is a lot of debate on whether extracurricular activities improve academic performance or prove a distraction. Well, you can rest assured that extracurricular activities in no way hinder your academic performance. Instead, they are known to help students get better grades! If students have an opportunity to focus on something they enjoy and helps them develop their creativity, it will also help them to focus on their studies, which will lead to better grades. Students who participate in a particular sport such as baseball or basketball will develop better endurance and higher stamina over time, which will help to improve their ability to focus. Several research studies have proven the positive connection between extracurricular activities and scoring better grades.
A Happier Social Life
Making like-minded friends is probably one of the most challenging tasks in any walk of life, and it is especially challenging at university when students are buried under heaps of coursework and dealing with the pressure to succeed. This is where extracurricular activities help out. Every club they join opens new opportunities to interact with people who have similar interests.
Social interactions during extracurricular activities could be the beginning of life-long friendships at best. At worst, they will help you build a network of acquaintances, which could become useful in later life. Doing things together will also help you connect with your colleagues at a deeper level.
Extracurricular activities can have a positive impact on students’ self esteem. If you do well in activities you are already passionate about, this will boost your confidence and improve your capabilities over time to work towards better results. For example, if you are into swimming and your teacher encourages you to apply for races, you’ll train really hard and will see a marked improvement in your technique and speed. Wouldn’t this be a boost to your self-esteem? With higher self-esteem and confidence in your abilities, you will eventually be able to take on new challenges in your life and learn to take chances where required.
A Chance to Build Your Resume
Most university graduates have little or no experience after they graduate, and when applying for a job, they are constantly questioned about their experience (or lack of). Extracurricular activities on your resume will be a huge plus when you are applying for jobs. They allow companies to analyze your skills and see your capabilities. It gives them an idea of your strengths and weaknesses. Fresh graduates can thus embellish their resumes by showing potential employers their commitment to a task and their ability to work hard.
Acquiring Real-Life Skills
Let’s be honest, university is mostly focused on theoretical learning and generally doesn’t really teach you a lot of practical life skills. The plethora of academic knowledge that you acquire will help you get your next job, but you need practical skills as well to become a well-functioning adult once you leave university. The real-world skills that you learn through social clubs and other extra-curricular activities will be invaluable. They help you become more vocal about your beliefs (in a good way), help you manage your time, and, most importantly, they help you develop as a team player. Most companies are looking for employees who are team players. Moreover, extra-curricular activities also help students to develop their analytical and problem-solving skills.
Extracurricular activities are healthy activities that help you break the monotony and acquire new life skills. Whether they involve sports or drama, painting or politics, extracurricular activities help you find your passion and develop useful hobbies. However, don’t try to get into too many clubs and exhaust yourself completely. You would need to have superhuman capabilities if you are looking to register for more than two clubs at a time. Therefore, take on as much as you can absorb. Choose your clubs wisely; you never know, they might even unfold into a career path in the coming years.
Arslan Hassan is an electrical engineer with a passion for writing, designing, and anything tech-related. His educational background in the technical field has given him the edge to write on many topics. He occasionally writes blog articles for Shireen Inc.