• Sara Folkins

Sara's Declassified School Survival Guide: Extracurriculars

Extracurricular activities are a vital part of high school. They are important to students as they’re great to put on resumes and university applications, but they also benefit you in so many other ways. This guide will help you realize the many different forms of success that come as a result of participating in extra-curricular activities, and also how you can become involved.

Employers and admissions advisors seek out people involved within the community or a school because these are the people who have gone beyond the average teenage student. People participating in sports, clubs, conferences, and volunteering have been exposed to so many more situations and have learned so many more valuable skills beyond what you learn in the classroom. No matter what activity you are in, you are leaning throughout it. The skills learned could be teamwork, communication or leadership skills.

These all prove to be very useful in job situations and these qualities are exactly what universities look for in future students. They look for these qualities because it proves that the university can count on you to stay involved within the community while still maintaining good grades. With students who are not involved, there is no way to tell what type of person they are. This may be why students who are involved are more greatly sought after when it comes to filling positions in a school or work environment.

Extracurricular activities are beneficial to you not only because they’ll help you in the future, but they also help you further enjoy your high school experience. Although there are times when keeping up with everything gets pretty busy and stressful, the activities you are involved with can allow you to reduce this stress in a productive way. For example, playing sports is my favorite way to relieve stress. Activities are also a very good way to make friends. Because there are so many different clubs, teams and activities to get involved with, you can choose the ones that most align with your interests.

If you are in a room with a group of people who share a common interest, odds are you are going to meet someone who will become a friend. This being said, activities in school or around your community allow you to create these friendships that will make the activity even more fun, while also making other aspects of your life more enjoyable. This is because you now have one more person to enjoy this activity with.

Getting involved in extracurricular activities is pretty simple. The first thing you need to do is find something that you are interested in. Whether it be a particular sport, language, hobby or charity, there are so many options to choose from, making it nearly impossible to not find one that interests you. Once you find an activity that you want to become involved with, you must seek out information on this club. If something in the school interests you, there is a contact for each club available in the council room. If something in the community has your attention, most organizations have a website with contact information. Finally, you simply have to show up to your meeting, volunteering, practice, and you’re in!

I hope this guide will make surviving high school little easier. In the wise words of Ned Bigby, “Never judge that you won't have fun. Just try it and maybe you'll have a great time.”