Are there benefits to doing extra curricular activities in college?
I know that doing extracurricular activities in high school help with getting into a better college but once I'm in college is there any real benefits that they give me other than personal things?
I don't think you need to take on too many extracurriculars at once, but I do recommended finding 1 or 2 activities you really like and being as involved as you can!
Maeve’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team
But something that is WAYYY more important than resume building, is that extracurriculars can be a lot of fun and help you grow as a person! Joining these clubs/volunteering/playing a sport can help you stay active, form social circles, and give you a great sense of community and purpose. In college, students experience a lot of freedom for the first time, and participating in extracurriculars provides structure to your day and helps you meet new people who can become great resources. The connections you make while doing these activities will be so important to making the most of your college experience!
Extracurriculars in college have many benefits! Firstly, you can meet new people. By doing extracurriculars like sports, a gaming club, etc you regularly meet with students who share the same interests. By meeting regularly, you can establish familiarity and subsequently, friendships and connections. Personally, I've met many lifelong friends through the extracurricular groups that I joined in college. Secondly, extracurriculars can help you with skills after college. These skills can include communication, team work, writing or even planning and organizing events. When you interview for jobs after college, you can tell them about how these extracurriculars helped you sharpen your skills and how you will apply them should they give a position with their company.
Elle LaQuaya’s Answer
For example, I founded a RSO (Registered Student Organization) in undergrad where I was able to hone in on my marketing skills for large scale events. I also, was in pageants, acting and radio and the people I’ve met have been invaluable to my career growth even until this day.
Take the opportunity to leverage extra curricular activities to your benefit.
1. You get to interact with with different people, learn from them and potentially make some really great friends.
2. Its great to put extracurricular activities on your resume when you're initially applying for jobs.
3. They often will give you talk points, or examples, that you can expand upon in future interviews. The more experiences you have the more you're able to talk about. Its not fun to only talk about the curriculum from your classes.
4. You may have the opportunity to gain some leadership experience. This could teach you much more than you ever thought about yourself and how you interact with others. Invaluable!
Don't join a club or activity if you just want to go through the motions - do something that excites you and you will get so much out of it!