Just like extracurricular activities can introduce you to new interests, they also allow you to participate and strengthen your skills in things you already care about. For example, maybe you've always enjoyed helping people in need but never really knew where or how to do that. Your college may offer special organizations that exist for that very reason–helping others. Or, perhaps you're really interested in science or another core academic subject. Clubs and organizations that focus on specific subjects can teach you a lot and help you expand your skills without the added worry of being graded. Another great reason to become involved in extracurricular activities while in college is to gain experience and knowledge that can help you in your future. Depending on your interests and future career plans and goals, your university may offer an extracurricular that gives you hands-on practice to boost your skills and, ultimately, strengthen your resume or job application when the time comes. In fact, academic major plays the largest role when employers decide who to hire, but extracurricular activities are also an important factor they take into consideration.
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I strongly encourage you to take advantage of any extracurricular activities that your college offers.
I think I'm the only one that went to college but didn't do much extracurricular activities! I sure had time to engage in them in my first two years, but I struggled with my mental health and grades. In the last two years, I really didn't have time for any extracurricular activities, the courses I took were very demanding of my time.
To directly answer your question, I think it depends on what you want out of college. I do think extracurricular activities are good to build relationships and friends, but just don't forget that you're paying to earn a degree, and that's the most important thing. Personally, I think there is much more free time to pursue extracurricular activities after college, but then again, it's also harder to find others to do them with (though not impossible).
I think just go with what you're comfortable with and push yourself a bit beyond what you think you're comfortable with a few times. See how you respond, and see what it's like. If it's for you, then great! You probably found a new hobby and new friends. If it's not for you, no worries and try again after a bit of comfort time for yourself.
Anyways, I wish you the best.
In 2nd year, I joined the committee of one of the societies. I had opportunities to organize many activities / functions / events. This is a valuable experience to me and it is helpful in my work after graduation.
From my experience, participating in extra curricular activities in college is not must but you would not able to find similar experience after you graduation. You can try to join some activities that you have interest on or relevant to your major. Given it is voluntary basis, you can quit or change to another one from time to time. Why don't you give it a trial? Nothing to lose.
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When I was in college a long time ago, I participated in extracurricular activities that had nothing to do with my major. During that time, participating in extracurricular activities allowed me to meet new people and get involved with college life. There's no right or wrong answer to your question. Best of luck to you!
Also having a leadership role in a club helps build several skills like public speaking, mentoring, time management, and communication. Additionally being involved in a club can help you learn about your field of interest and you can get hands-on experience. Finally, being a part of a club is something you can add to your resume which can set up apart from other candidates when applying for jobs. Hopefully, these reasons convince you to join clubs and make the most of your time at college!
knowing anyone that attended prior. This can pose a comfort barrier during the first few weeks, months, and year even for extraverted students. Certain escapes such as playing sports, playing instruments, or building computer systems can all be converted into extracurricular activities. The idea of doing an extracurricular that you are comfortable with allows individuals to loosen up. Also - you are surrounding yourself around others that have similar interests as you.
This is not a a requirement, but joining an extracurricular activity can help college students ease into a new environment.
There's a few reasons for the importance of extracurriculars:
Employers, especially for your first couple of "real" jobs, often tend to look at what else you have on your CV/resume and what you got up to while you were studying. If there's nothing there, you risk appearing boring or worse (lazy) to a potential employer, so some would be put off if you don't show you did anything outside of study.
One thing I haven't yet seen mentioned is that many college and university extracurricular groups are run by a committee of members, and if you're committed to a particular group, it can be great to apply to be part of the committee and help to run the group. That sort of thing is great on your CV and shows you can take responsibility in a career.
As others have pointed out, extracurricular activities are also just good life experience, and a great way to network and meet like-minded new people. Even if not for CV development, it's worth taking part just for the friends you make and fun you have.
However, you should balance the importance of extracurricular activities against the importance of your studies, and not take on too much. You shouldn't feel forced into any particular extracurricular activity, and if you already have a busy life for other reasons, it's generally not worth adversely impacting your studies just for extracurricular activities.