Are Extracurricular Activities Important?

“Ring! Ring!” The bell rang as normal at 3:00pm in SAS, notifying students that it was the end of the school day. Instead of going home straight away, some students choose to engage in extracurricular activities.  The term “extracurricular activities” seems familiar for most of SAS High Students. But, what are “extracurriculars” in SAS and why are they beneficial for students? 

What does “Extracurricular Activities” mean?

Extracurricular activities are activities students take part in after-school time, such as sports and clubs. SAS provides a variety of extracurriculars, including arts and athletics. With tons of opportunities provided, students are able to choose clubs and sports they are passioned about. 

One question frequently asked at here is which factor would weigh more, academics or extracurricular activities? As schools are primarily constructed by teachers, classrooms and courses, most of people will tend to choose “academics” as a more vital factor during their school time. However, recent studies have shown that there are numerous benefits when students attend extracurriculars after school.  

So why are extracurriculars important to students?

Extracurricular activities encourages students to develop real-life skills, such as leadership. As most of classes have an academic goal to achieve within a limited time period, skills such as leadership are often not fully developed in the school environment. However, extracurricular activities provide real-life scenarios for students to reveal their secret talents. For instance, officer roles in clubs are a great way to develop leadership skills. Recruiting for new members at the club fair every year, holding several club meetings every month, and organizing activities for club members are some of the jobs as a club officer. While the students lead most of activities, club sponsors (usually teachers at school or university) are there to point out any inadequacy and guide students to become better leaders.

Extracurricular activities not only help develop certain skills, but also widen a student’s social circle. Since most of clubs has service trips to different countries all over the world, it is definitely a great opportunity for students to meet people from different part of the world and have a greater understanding of other cultures.

One good example for this would be the sports teams. Sports teams in SAS get the chance to travel within Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Indonesia, etc and play against other students from the region. Even though they are competing, students are able to make friends with players from other teams as well. Additionally, social circles could also be extended to professional fields. MUN (Model United Nations), is a conference that gathers expert and professional delegates representing  different countries all over the world. The building of the social circle may not seem important for students in high school, however, it would be advantageous when they step in the world of business.

It is a fact that most of students tend to think that extracurriculars are time consuming. Sports teams require morning practices before school and more hours of practices after school. Along with the workload students have, it would not be an exaggeration to say it takes up a relatively large amount of a student’s after school time. A lot of students argue that a lot of work could be done during those hours. Nevertheless, the advantages of extracurricular activities far outweighs its shortcomings. While extracurricular activities might be time-consuming, it also teaches students to manage their time properly. Even if more than two hours per day is spent at training, it is totally possible for students to finish their work during other times, such as free periods and flex time.

Taking the consideration of all of the benefits above, Students should make their own decision of whether they should join extracurricular activities based on what they are passioned about. Learning takes place after school only if the student is enjoying the activities he/she is doing. 

Source: @samericanschool

Walking into the auditorium on the first day, you are hit with this enormous wave of love, support, and compassion from everyone present. I believe joining performing arts may have been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made at SAS. —-CONNOR M., EIGHTH GRADE

Source: https://www.sas.edu.sg/arts-athletics-activities

Author: Lily Pan

Jiaqi (Lily) Pan is currently a junior and this is her first year working for The Eye. She was born in China and has lived in Singapore for four years. She likes listening to music and eating, especially desserts. She's really excited for this experience in The Eye, and can be contacted at pan48091@sas.edu.sg

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