Positives of Extra-Curricular Activities

April 17, 2013 in 2012-2013, Archive, Articles, Public Education Programs

 

Throughout the nation, thousands of schools have increased their student body involvement through the addition of extracurricular activities. Whether it is a club or a sport, one can see the impact that these activities have on not only on school spirit but also academic performance. Also, students can use these activities to help ensure acceptance into college. Some students may even receive a full scholarship depending on how talented they are. Extracurricular activities can benefit students for both the present and the future.

Extracurricular activities have shown a substantial impact on the overall academic performance of the student body. Involvement in extracurricular activities can help increase a student’s level of self-esteem and provide him/her with a positive outlook on school. According to Erin Massoni, author of The Positive Effects of Extra Curricular Activities on Students: “Participation in an after school program that is designed to build self esteem, has positive effects on standards test scores in math and reading, while receiving extended time to complete homework does not have the same positive effects on self esteem or achievements” (2011). The boosted self-esteem that an after school program can offer is essential to the overall performance of the student.

Participation in extracurricular activities has also shown positive effects on a student’s GPA. Students have a greater chance of academic success if they are currently participating in any form of extracurricular activities. According to Erin Massoni, “students who participate in extracurricular activities are three times more likely to have a grade point average of a 3.0 or higher. This is higher than students who did not participate in extracurricular activities” (2011). It has been scientifically proven that sports and other physical activity have positive effects on the brain, thus, assisting students in reaching academic achievement. Sudhir Sinha, author of The Effects of Extracurricular Activities on the Academic Achievement of Seventh and Eighth Graders, stated: “Youth receiving additional physical activity tend to show improved attributes such as increased brain functioning, higher energy/concentration levels, higher self-esteem, and better behavior which may all support cognitive learning” (2005). Extracurricular activities play a major role in helping students perform their best in school.

Extracurricular activities help improve a student’s performance in public school, as well as provide students with future benefits. One of the most obvious rewards is the prestigious full scholarship that everyone works hard to earn. Students who participate in extracurricular activities have a better chance of being accepted into the college of their choice because they are a “well-rounded student.” According to Joy Burgess, a writer for More 4 Kids: “Most colleges not only look at grades, but they also take a look at extracurricular activities that students are involved in while they are in high school” (2009). Although colleges want to see that students are performing well in the classroom, they also like students who participated in various clubs and activities.

Students who engage in extracurricular activities will be better prepared for life because of the many skills that they learned from clubs and sports. Joy Burgess also states: “Allowing your child to get involved in extracurricular activities at school is a wise choice, and it can be very important in helping them to develop many working skills, people skills, and more” (2009). Working skills and people skills are essential tools that can impress many employers, and by learning them in high school students are both: better prepared for the real working world and more likely to be hired. There is a greater chance of success in college and in the workforce if a student participates in an extracurricular activity. The discipline and responsibility that was expected in the club will stay with them for future obstacles. According to I Have a Plan Iowa:

Overall, students who participate in extracurricular activities will likely see an improvement in their academic and life skills, including discipline, goal-setting, teamwork, accountability and responsibility. They will also find themselves better prepared for post-secondary education. Ultimately, students may even discover that the lessons they learned outside the classroom, in basketball or chess club, help them cope with future challenges in the workplace (2009).

Students who engage in these activities have a better chance of being victorious in college and in the workplace. Not only do extracurricular activities help students in school, but they also provide students with necessary tools that will bring them future success.

Extracurricular activities have displayed many good results, but there are some people who would beg to differ. It is a given that if a student participates in an after school activity that he or she would have less time to do his or her homework. According to Laura Wood, writer for eHow Moms, California State University stated: “a child who devotes his spare time to extracurricular activities spends less time on studies. This can affect his grades if he is not spending enough time studying” (2009). The reduction of time studying and doing homework may have a significant impact on a student’s grades. There is also some stress that can arise from the student’s need to juggle both school and the extracurricular. Some students may not be able to handle the work load and, in consequence, frequently worry about finding a balance. California State University added: “It can also become stressful dedicating time to an activity if the schedule increases. As the academic workload increases, so too can an extracurricular activity, and a child can feel stressed wondering how he can deal with both” (2009). This overload of work can lead to high stress levels which can have a negative impact on both the student’s grades and health. Although some students do not benefit from participating in extracurricular activities, there are many students who do. According to Laura Wood, the University of Wisconsin stated: “a child can take the principles of a structured extracurricular activity and use them in his studies…A child is provided with an extracurricular interest that develops social skills, alternative resources and challenges. This can positively impact her concentration levels and allow her to focus on studying” (2009). Students who engage in some sort of club or sport can display better time management and studying skills than students who do not engage in an activity because of the responsibility that is required for that club or sport. Studies have shown that extracurricular activities have served more as an assist rather than a hindrance.

Extracurricular activities have been proven to be extremely beneficial for students because of the skills that they learn. Discipline, responsibility, and time-management are important tools that all individuals should take with them not just into the workplace but also into life, and these are what are gained when a student joins an extracurricular activity. Academic achievement and workplace readiness are among the many benefits that a student can enjoy if he or she engages in some sort of extracurricular activity. Today, thousands of schools across the nation offer various clubs and sports for the millions of students who are enrolled into them, and many students are enjoying the benefits of participating in an extracurricular activity.

References

Burgess, J. (2009). More 4 Kids. Retrieved from http://education.more4kids.info/168/extracurricular-school-activities/

I Have a Plan Iowa (2009). I Have a Plan. Retrieved from https://secure.ihaveaplaniowa.gov/Home/Article.aspx?level=3XAP2FPAX6J7I3kztATGuYyXAP2BPAXDahIQXAP3DPAXXAP3DPAX&articleId=IGeYH2kUApurN7JfmoFVeQXAP3DPAXXAP3DPAX

Massoni, E. (2011). College of DuPage. Retrieved from http://dc.cod.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1370&context=essai

Sinha, S. (2005). Udini. Retrieved from http://udini.proquest.com/view/the-effects-of-extracurricular-goid:746474393/

Wood, L. (2009). eHow Moms. Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/info_8034677_effect-extracurricular-activities-academic-grades.html.

 

 

 

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