Is that even a question? Extra-curricular activities are not given importance in some cultures in hind sight of absolute pursuit of academic excellence. But do these activities go beyond developing soft skills?
Do you have to pursue them in school where you should have 99% focus on subjects? Can this be a part of your break from academics instead of being in balance of it?
Education Finders researchers think differently. Firstly extra-curricular activities are any activities that students may indulge in apart from the set curriculum. Sports these days is rarely considered as extra-curricular, thanks to the broadening of a lot of curriculums.
But sports too is an extremely vital activity that will help in university planning. Here’s something every student must know.
Extra-curricular also play a part when you apply to colleges. Most college applications ask about your activities. Your accomplishments outside the classroom show what you’re passionate about and that you have qualities valued by colleges.
Like for instance, if you’re a part of the student council, it shows leadership qualities. For students with part time jobs or passion for music shows long term commitment and responsibility in managing time and grades. Universities want to know that you’re committed and hence every activity reveals different personality traits.
Little knows facts are that most Ivy League colleges too don’t just take students with great GPA’s but look for young people who have a robust list of sports, clubs, and volunteer work.
Most universities provide scholarships basis music, art, sports and a lot of other extracurricular activities. Hence if you’re a parent who wanted to bar your child from being a part of clubs and activities in school so they focus on academics, remember this, that given a choice between 2 students who have the same GPA, a university will select basis the extracurricular activities that each student has undertaken.