Choosing Your Extracurricular Activities

By
Mustafa M. Al-Mashhadani, Edited by Zoe Jones
Published on
October 19, 2022

Extracurricular activities are a fundamental part of every student’s life. They allow students to explore their subjects of interest while delving into the world of student-to-student cooperation. Extracurriculars bring forward leadership opportunities and growth skills that enable students to excel personally and academically. They indicate your personality and aid in improving student skills: ensuring their necessity in modern curriculums. 

  1. Explore options 

Before selecting your extracurricular activities, you need to explore the activities around you and your commitment to each activity. See what extracurricular activities your school and community might offer or what your peers are participating in. Never be afraid to ask the people in charge about the activities: coming from a leader in many extracurricular activities, we are always eager to talk to students with even the slightest interest in our activities. 

  1. Explore your interests

Look for activities that branch out of your interest and bring something new to each activity. Do things you love, as passion leads to growth. Identify your weaknesses and what you would like to improve on. For example, if you want to improve in public speaking, then consider a Model United Nations (MUN) activity. Make sure that all the activities you do have room for personal growth and improvement. 

  1. See what’s right 

With the options laid down on the table, start choosing or eliminating activities based on several factors. 

  • Effectiveness: Make sure that the activities you are getting yourself into provide a great return to you and your community based on the time you put in. Positive results may include more skills and experience for you or may include a more united community. 
  • Favourability: Don’t enroll yourself in an initiative you have no interest in. Make sure that what you are doing is something you are truly passionate about as this will allow you to spend your time wisely by better improving yourself and others. 
  • Comfort: Make sure that the activities you participate in are activities you are comfortable with. The last thing you want is anxiety and tension, or losing interest in an activity you once were motivated in.  
  • Time management: When enrolling in an extracurricular activity, you need to ensure that you have the time needed to fulfill your responsibilities. Although it may be more appealing to students to have larger quantities of clubs on their Curriculum Vitaes (CVs), colleges only really care about these clubs if you can fulfill the required responsibilities. 

  1. Challenge yourself!

Ensure that the activities you partake in allow you to grow personally. If you are unable to grow as an individual from a certain activity, then you may need to reconsider putting your time into something more effective for yourself. Make sure that the activities you partake in allow you to pursue hobbies and talents that increase via personal challenges and growth.  

  1. Get a feel for your future

You must get a feel of what your future academic or career is like. Extracurricular activities inspire many people to pursue a certain academic or career path because extracurricular activities allow you to surround yourself with particular responsibilities. I know a lot of students who switched their career paths entirely once they understood the responsibilities of each extracurricular activity: and they’ve never been happier! 

  1. Start your activities

If you can’t find something that fits you, then consider starting your own extracurricular activity! Taking the time and initiative to pursue your goals shows universities and employers that you are not afraid of being yourself. Though it may be hard and you may not get many members, starting your own activities allows you to explore any path you would like with your interests and goals. You can mend your activities to your liking, and with friends, you can make a great amount of change in your community or school. 

  1. Don’t overwhelm yourself

Having a lot of extracurricular activities does not necessarily lead to greater chances of acceptance at university applications. What signals strength to universities in your applications is being able to balance your curricular and extracurricular activities while ensuring that you can fulfill the respective responsibilities while growing in each activity. Pursue as many extracurricular activities as you can, but don’t overwhelm yourself. 

Summary 

To succeed in life, you need to start becoming a personal leader and ensuring that you expand your interests. Explore your options and see what you like. Always challenge yourself and make sure you grow from each activity: yet never overwhelm yourself with unsustainable responsibilities. So get out there, see what you can do, and challenge yourself!

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