extra curricular activities

Benefits of Extra Curricular Activities

Description: This passage mainly focuses on extra curricular activities, including the benefits such as helping young people discover and share their talents, developing character and competence, increasing students’ grades and making youth become successful.

The purpose is to make people be aware of the benefits provided by extracurricular activities especially in high school. These activities can include, but are not limited to clubs, professional organizations and athletics. Students can not learn all they need to know to perform well in society within the classroom.

Though teachers can expand students’ knowledge, the students still need the ability to apply the information and settings outside of the combines of the classroom. The information needs to be applied to real-world settings. The same information also needs to be shared and critically thought about.

A way students can do this is through association with extracurricular activities whether students are on a stage, a football field, or in front of the classroom. Research has consistently proven that extracurricular activities can benefit students greatly. Steve Duncan focuses on specific benefits form circle activities such as increasing leadership abilities, completion of tasks, life skills and a higher likelihood of graduation.

He writes that such involvement in extracurricular activities can help young people discover and share their talents as well as develop character and competence. Other research states the extracurricular activities benefit students’ behaviors, increase students’ grades and school completion and makes you more likely to become successful adults.

With athletic students when disciplining the drills, practices and routines and clubs and other organizations, students learn lessons and leadership, teamwork, organization, analytical thinking, problem-solving, time management and the ability for students to juggle many tasks at once. In addition, it also allows students to discover the talents and interests.

After conducting a survey which included questions ranging from the benefits of extracurricular activities to how many extra curricular activities were offered after interview with high school, I realized there is uniformity within public schools on what is offered. Coming from a smaller high school myself and making friends in college who attain much larger high schools, I realized their schools offered a wider array of clubs, organizations and sports.

This is the problem. The following graph displays survey results that the most common answer to the question was 0 to 10 which comprised 66.67 percent of the answers; 16.67% said 10 to 20 while another 16.67% said 20 or more.

Those some schools offer more extracurricular activities than others. The most common with an American public club in school includes your book, baseball, National Honor Society, science club, football, theater club, art club, soccer, student government and debate, school newspaper and chess club. 100 percent of respondents claimed that extracurricular activities are beneficial and that they positively impact students.

The most common answers to this question centered on the social benefits and which students can gain more friends and meet people they wouldn’t have met if they were not involved in a particular activity. Many people also stated that these activities give school pride and keep students motivated throughout high school. Here are a few of the unique answers to this question which coincides with much of the research done centering on the benefits.

The next graph displays answers to the question: how much time do you think each student should devote weekly to extracurricular activities? The images were surprising. 25% says six hours or more; 66.67% says three to six hours and only 8.33% says the zero to three hours.

The information presented opens another question: how important our after-school activities are? Since some says that they think students have been six or more hours on extracurricular activities weekly, they will inevitably spend multiple afternoons a week focusing on these activities.

Instead of napping or playing video games or spending a lot of time with social media after getting home from school, students should try to take the time to engage in productive activities in addition to finishing homework. There are some restrictions varying from family to family such as access to vehicles and so on.

Research also shows that after school is an opportune time for students to be involved. One major reason is that the most dangerous time for bad behavior is after school, before parents getting home especially between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.. This is a crucial time for students to be involved, because they are under supervision guidance and they are engaged in enriched learning experiences.

This announcement is directed towards teachers, parents and students. Teachers take up a leadership position within your school, create Club coinciding with your interest that may attract students, help students find their niche and help them to cultivate their interests.

Parents encourage your children to get involved in any way whether it is in school or after-school activities or volunteering in the community and students remember to get out of your comfort zone and get involved as much as you can without hindering your academic performance. Research from 2010 states that there are only one in four students participated in academic clubs.

This number is too low. Remember that colleges will be looking at your application for experience in extracurricular activities. Don’t spend all your free time on video games or on the Internet unless you’re using that time to research class. Most importantly of all, enjoy yourself and good luck.

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