The Importance of Extracurricular Activities in High School

By: Branden Pearson 

Many people don’t understand the importance of extracurricular activities. However, extracurricular activities are just as important, if not more important, than your normal classes. Extracurricular activities are a great way to get involved in your school and community, which will help to build many skills that you will use throughout your life. Personally, I am involved in multiple extracurricular activities at my school including JROTC, Model United Nations, and Key Club.

My Model United Nations Team before heading to MIT for a conference
My Model United Nations Team before heading to MIT for a conference

Through the multitude of organizations I participate in, I have gained many skills, including time management, public speaking, and general leadership. These skills cannot be gained by sitting in a classroom and listening to the teacher or doing worksheets. Instead, these skills are gained through participating in extracurricular activities, which build upon the knowledge from the classroom. These experiences make individuals well rounded. In short, classrooms are where you learn to understand; extracurricular activities are where you learn to apply the skills you have learned.

My JROTC Unit volunteering at the Annual Heart walk
My JROTC Unit volunteering at the Annual Heart walk

Another reason to get involved with extracurricular activities is to give back to your community. Personally, every time I go out and volunteer with my JROTC unit I come back with a sense of satisfaction, knowing I have made an impact in my community. Extracurricular activities help you to become more involved in your community, establishing a service-oriented mind starting in high school. Always remember that the greatest leaders are the compassionate leaders.

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Volunteering at the Veteran’s Museum with a few JROTC cadets

You don’t have to be involved in every extracurricular activity at your school, but be involved in something you’re passionate about. Don’t be one of those kids that decides to get involved just for college applications. Do something meaningful with your time and truly give back to your community by participating in extracurricular activities.

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