When you have so much homework going on, sometimes it’s easy to think: “I’ll put off the extra-curricular activities. Maybe I don’t need to do so much outside of getting really amazing grades.” But as you’ll find out here, there’s actually a lot of positives to take from extra-curriculars!
According to Prospect.ac.uk, “employers are worried that they’ll soon be recruiting from a pool of people who have excellent grades but little real work experience… Poor management is one reason behind decreased productivity at work, so taking part in a hobby or pursuit that demonstrates good organisation could make the difference between rejection or acceptance.”
At KAS, our extra-curricular activities are wide-ranging and there are a lot of options, and it can also be difficult to choose! So how do you decide what extra-curriculars to take part in?
Here is the best piece of advice from Jeff Brenzel of Yale University, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions.
(Video credit: CollegeBoard.org)
When taking part in extra-curricular activities, you’ll find that across all activities, you’re going to take away these basic skills, and much more!
Time Management and Prioritizing –
As mentioned in a previous blog post, it’s really important to learn how to manage your time, especially if, like mentioned above, productivity is going downhill in work places!
Long Term Commitments –
When you take part in an after school activity, it is likely that you are in there for the long haul. You join a sports team to play in a tournament after a season of practice. You join an orchestra for a few performances throughout the year, and so on! Such long-term commitments is how you show your dedication to future employers.
Making a Contribution –
When you are working as part of a group, you learn how to contribute your share to the team. If it’s playing devil’s advocate in a debate, or working the set of the next drama production… Your work is directly contributing to the success of the club, and that act of selflessness is valuable!
Raising Self Esteem –
Sometimes you can feel insignificant because you just feel like one of many faces. But you know, every person is special, every person has skills. Even if they feel small and insignificant! By joining in extra-curricular activities, you will soon see that you become good at things outside of the textbook!
Building Solid Relationship Skills –
You know those times when you’re not sure how to act in certain social situations? What do you do when you see someone fall down and cry? What do you do when someone gets angry and takes their anger out on you? By taking part in extra-curricular activities, you will learn how to deal with these things. Maybe not directly, but this is one of those skills that are going to come in super handy in your lifetime. Trust me, when your college roommate wakes up at 3 o’clock in the morning missing home, or can’t stop eating brownies because they broke up with their boyfriend or girlfriend, your experience with people outside the academic circle is going to be a huge help!