Throughout all of my education I was very involved in extracurricular activities, everything from sports, to drama, to cooking and baking, and I loved every second of it. I know you might feel that you are busy enough with your studies, but there are some wonderful benefits of doing something outside of school that you might not expect.

1. Meeting New People

Yes, in extracurricular activities in CEGEP or university you’re going to meet a lot of people, that’s a given. But in high school you can also get to know people that you may not have interacted with otherwise. When I joined the drama club in high school, I was close with very few people in the club, but by my senior year they were some of the closest friends I had. Also, don’t be shy - branch out and try a club alone, you might surprise yourself.  

2. Exploring Your Interests

Do you want to learn how to knit, or find a group that goes hiking outdoors? Extracurricular activities are a great way to learn something new about yourself or learn a new skill. When I started attending ski club meetings in high school I could barely ski properly down the bunny hill. I’m not saying I’m amazing now, but I can competently traverse a blue square. You never know what you’re going to love until you try it, and this is definitely the time and place to try.

3. Giving Back To The Community

Certain extracurricular activities are centered around giving back to the community by organizing fundraisers, clothing or food drives, or community clean up projects. Philanthropy is a wonderful extracurricular activity to be involved in. Not only do you get to bond with members of your community, but you may be able to see your efforts have a lasting effect on the people around you.

4. Learning Responsibility

In most extracurricular activities, each member is assigned some sort of responsibility within the group, team, or club. When others are counting on you, you will learn about the importance of responsibilities, and how to balance your time between school and extracurriculars. And let’s face it, as you get older you will only be faced with more responsibility, so you may as well learn to cope with it early!

5. Taking A Break

Taking a break from studying is an important part of taking care of yourself. Immersing yourself in extracurricular activities that you enjoy is a great way to spend time with people and do something you enjoy at the same time. When I was involved with sports, the endorphins and adrenaline from exercising allowed me to focus on my studies. Taking a break from studying and coming back to it can sometimes be more beneficial than forcing yourself to sit down and suffer through an assignment.