The importance of extracurricular activities cannot be overstated. They are an essential element of a school and its students. So vital are these activities that they form a crucial component in your CVs once you complete school. Employers demand to see the extracurricular activities students were involved in while in school to better picture the individual they are employing. Before we go on, what are extracurricular activities? They are activities that are carried outside the scope of the regular curriculum of a school. They make a significant aspect of the overall development of a student.
At GIIS Abu Dhabi, we embrace the 9 Gems Holistic Education Framework that ensures that the students receive structured programs to produce a well-rounded individual. They range from performing arts, innovation, creative arts, and sports. Extracurricular activities are not limited to a certain age; they are offered from Grade 1 and above. This guide outlines the importance of extracurricular activities while studying.
A break from study
Extracurricular activities are a welcome break for the classwork and homework where students can relax and have fun while building on their skills and hobbies. GIIS Abu Dhabi has a wide range of extracurricular and co-curricular activities to cater to all its students.
Boost academic performance
There is a significant correlation between extracurricular activities and academic performance. This is because these activities help in increasing your brain function, especially your memory. Through these activities, you acquire critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and creativity, all necessary for academic performance. Students who participate in high endurance sports, for example, learn patience and resilience when faced with difficult situations. Studies show that students who participate in extracurricular activities perform better and have a more positive school outlook.
Ignite new interests and skills
It is during this downtime that students can explore different passions and learn new skills. Students learn sportsmanship and working as a team. Some students also discover their leadership qualities from actively participating in these activities. A student who engages in learning a new musical interest, for example, will put in hours to hone that skill, which will stay with him for the rest of his life. Such a skill will help the student grow his perseverance and hand-eye coordination. Other skills students can acquire through extracurricular activities include public speaking, analytical thinking, and prioritization.
Extracurricular activities are essential in a student’s life as they improve their social skills through interaction. While students are in such a social setting, they will naturally gravitate to others pursuing the same interest sparking new friendships. These smaller groups help students grow their communication skills and develop their self-esteem and confidence. Learning how to work on your social skills is a skill that will come in handy in the future while networking, especially when looking for a job. While participating in extracurricular activities, students can understand and appreciate the diverse backgrounds and identities each student represents.
Spruce up your CV
Thousands of well-educated individuals flood the job market. Employers sift through resumes that stand out, and a critical component that could distinguish your resume from others is the extracurricular activities you participated in while studying. Whereas you may lack work experience in a particular area, an employer can pick out an individual who participated in the debate club. The employer will know that such an individual is an asset to his organization. He can argue professionally, is confident, and has excellent public speaking skills. If a student took up sports as an extracurricular activity, they could work in a goal-oriented team. Such a student has also learned commitment—a necessary trait in the workspace.
Time Management and Discipline
Ironically, extracurricular activities teach students time management skills. Students who take up these activities increase their workload two-fold. They have to balance between classwork and the activities outside of class, which requires discipline and planning. This is where time management comes in. The student will learn how to allocate time for classwork and out of class activities.
Enhance University Applications
If you are keen on joining US or UK universities, extracurricular activity plays a significant role in your application and acceptance. Nearly all the universities in these countries need to see active involvement in extracurricular activities and any achievement. If, for example, you want to study Film at a US university, you will need to join a relevant club or take part in activities such as scripting or directing a student film. Alternatively, you could organize a film night or event that raises money towards a good cause that you care about to show that you can go above and beyond classwork.
Students who have taken up leadership positions in clubs, sports teams, or even as school captains stand a higher chance of being accepted by universities. Extracurricular activities also show that your child has a sense of curiosity beyond what is taught in the classroom.