Extracurriculars. They are the bane of many student’s existences. They are many, varied, and ubiquitous on high school campuses throughout America from mid-afternoon through early evening.
Participation in sports, clubs, student societies, orchestral groups and part-time jobs line the resumes of many students.
In the rush to get into their dream colleges, many students push themselves to the limit, overloading their schedules and stepping into dangerous waters as they make their schedules into intricate balancing acts the likes of which would not be out of place in an acrobatics performance at the circus.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that, in an ideal world, students would participate in activities for the love of the activity. While college admissions are important, enjoying what you’re doing is even more important.
While it may be true that colleges look favorably upon the student who is a member of NHS, a Key Club volunteer, and a key member of the BrainBowl team and other academically-minded clubs besides, that doesn’t mean that the academic activity formula is right for everyone. Nor does it mean that the same route will be equally rewarding for everyone.
Therefore, while you’re considering what impressive activities to throw yourself into next, listen to your heart. As cheesy as it may seem, the best guidance for one’s life always comes from one’s self.
With that, happy extracurricular-izing, and remember to have fun while you’re at it!