With the increasing of studies hours and the amount of homework that teachers find a pleasure to give us, on one hand, it has become a difficulty to find time to get involved in extracurricular activities and with having parents, on the other hand, always saying”Studies come first”, it became a kind of obvious to certain people to let go of what really matters in the life learning path. Indeed, a lot of people might see it as a burden, an unnecessary exercise, a waste of time and an irrelevant action to their academicals, extracurricular activities are as crucial and critical as math, physics and all of the subjects taught in school, it is , as a matter of fact, the essence of the learning process.
As a college student, aware of the importance of having a life besides studies and conscious about how vital it is to be active outside the classroom walls, it is my duty to talk about how a life changing experience it is.
The first impact of being a part of a group or even an individual activity, other than studying, is that you identify otheraspects of you personality and you learn more about yourself that you ever can in a class. Through working on a project whether it is a cultural, scientific or a volunteering one, you get the chance de develop your communication skills. Being responsible of a team helps you bring to light management directing competence. Acting lifts your public speaking proficiency; helps you get rid of stage fear andboost your self-confidence. Playing sports not only maintain you in shape but also teach you team work and strategy making. All of it benefits you in a certain way , implicitly or explicitly . You can discover over trying new things and going out of your comfort zone, a new passion that can change your whole life. A lot of people found their lives purposes by just wanting to try something new and ended up doing it for the rest of their lives. Morgan Freeman stated : “When I was a teenager , I began to settle into school because I’d discovered the extracurricular activities that interested me : music and theater” and here he is one of the most famous actors and has a successful and fulfilling career which everyone envy him for.
By not giving yourself the chance to experiment new things and only focusing on studies you may miss out what can makes you happy. Undoubtedly, doing what you really love gives you a great amount of joy, helping others by volunteering grants you satisfaction and pure pride and delight.
Besides , making you cheerful , content , satisfied and stress free, extracurricular activities are the fountainhead of your social network.Naturally, working in different fields and areas will definitelyhelp you develop new connections , make new friends and even find love which is as everyone agrees is needed and important. Living in a world where it is all about connections and how much people you know and that can favor you in future projects , it is imperative to enlarge your social circles . Sometimes, a person that you meet for one time can serve you and aid you more than your current acquaintances or friends can.
On another way, you can change people’s lives. For example , you can volunteer and save people’s lives by helping them , inspiring them, leading them to the right direction or even giving them an ear to listen to what they say. Who hasn’t dreamt about being the new Mahatma Ghandi or the next great Nelson Mandela? Well , you can be that, if you take action and give a bit of your time , after school, to help whose in need. You will see it will mesmerize you, all the feelings that will emerge after doing the right thing to do. Ultimately, life is all about little changes that lead to greatness and a better world. As Ghandi, once, said :”In a gentle way , you can shake the world”.
Over and above, why are we trying hard to get the best marks and excel in school? Isn’t it to get a better chance to have a scholarship to prestigious universities and to get the best jobs! Well, let me tell you something, first thing they’re requiring, in addition to a diploma , is extracurricular activities which , sometimes, they focus on more than the degree or marks you got. It would be an attractive credential for your Curriculum Vitae. The more you have demonstrated how active you are the higher your chances get to succeed in getting into these universities.
The modern schools and what everyone have figured it out, education is not about filling up people’s brain , it is about shaping the future leaders of the community personalities through this kind of activities. Life is all about choices, so if you want to succeed, to make your record stand out and to be proud of yourself and make people proud of you, take action go beyond the obstacles, there is a whole and true life waiting for you outside the classroom walls , take your chance and go do some activities and change theworld , as the great William Wordsworth said: “To begin, begin”.