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Will extracurricular activities make college more difficult?

The constant hours of your nose in all sorts of textbooks could be grueling, but does doing an extracurricular activity (band, sports, clubs, etc.) help or hinder your success in college? #college

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Cameron S. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

I think that your college years can and should include a bit of balance. So while your number one goal may be to graduate, spending all of your time with your "nose in all sorts of textbooks", may rob you of the positive experiences that your college journey could bring.

I found extracurricular activities to be a welcome and necessary break in my studies routine. Often times, that break allowed me to clear my mind so that when I returned to my studies, I was better able to problem solve and complete my tasks. As mentioned in a previous answer, you also have a great opportunity to meet others and make lasting friendships when you give yourself a chance to branch out a bit and enjoy the space around you.

Hope you find this answer helpful. Best of luck to you!
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Austin’s Answer

Hey Cameron great question. Will taking on extracurricular activities outside of classwork make some things more difficult, yes. By taking on more activities, time management will be a very important skill to have. It is completely feasible to take on extracurricular activities while a student, many if not most students take on some sort of outside activity or job. You will be more busy and you will have to manage your time more responsibly to ensure that you are not neglecting the academic side of college, but taking on extracurriculars can be incredibly rewarding.


By becoming more involved in outside activities, you will most definitely meet people that may become a new friend, study-buddy, or significant other. College isn't all about studying, it is so much more than that. It is a time to discover who you are and really blossom into who you are going to be as an adult. While you may be stressed due to the timing of conflicting priorities, extracurricular activities are well worth it. I hope this helps!!


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Austin

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Kelly’s Answer

Hi Cameron,

This answer is going to be completely dependent on your level of interest in the activity, anticipated hours per week of the activity, and required travel time. When I was in college marching band, the actual class was scheduled for two days per week, plus weekend travel. If we followed a team during normal academic time, members were making up assignments, and independently studying previous lectures. When following sports teams, this took many hours away from what could have gone into normal academics. For commuters/non-campus residents, they had it much harder to to the extra hours getting back and fourth. I met some absolutely amazing people and mastered time management, but did not continue it when it was not fun anymore. For clubs that meet once a week and are treated as social or progressive organizations, these are not the same hardships that the music and sports teams go through.
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