Juniors: 4 Reasons to Participate in Extracurricular Activities

School and homework can keep you busy. But don’t be afraid to get involved in extracurriculars. Whether it’s a sports team, school play, volunteer experience, or part-time job, getting involved is a great way to prepare for your future. 

Plus, colleges and universities want to see what you’re passionate about.

Here are 4 reasons to participate in extracurricular activities during high school.

1. Develop skills outside of the classroom.

Sports teams, clubs, organizations, and part-time jobs give you the opportunity to practice your leadership skills. You will learn how to communicate with others, manage your time, and serve others.

2. Be a part of a team.

Extracurricular activities are typically offered in group settings, where you learn how to work as part of team. Especially in sports, you win together and lose together. The skills you develop in high school will carry with you into college and beyond, and it is important to know how to work collaboratively in college.

3. Find what you love.

High school is a great time to try something different! Be like Troy in High School Musical and step outside of your comfort zone. Sometimes it will be the start of something new…

4. Discover what drives you.

What are you passionate about? During high school, you can be a part of a variety of clubs and organizations to determine what you enjoy. Discovering your passions in high school will help you narrow down your college search later on. As you learn what you are passionate about, then you can look at colleges and universities to see if they offer those same things.

High school is a great place to explore your interests. Try new things and find out what you might like to stay involved in even after graduation.

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