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How time consuming are Extracurricular activities in college?

High school activities are often a big commitment. For someone in college for engineering will it be too much? #extracurriculars #time-management

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Rachel’s Answer

This depends totally on what extracurricular activity it is. I volunteered once a month as an English teacher for Spanish-speaking adults. This only took three to four hours a month.
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M’s Answer

Hi Joseph! This is a great question! Given your an engineering student, I would recommend maybe joining a club at your university. The club will provide resources related to your major and furthering your career but it will also allow you to meet like-minded individuals. Also, in your second or third year I would recommend looking for internships as this experience is important when it comes to your career. I would focus on one or two extracurriculars that you could include in your resume to discuss when applying for jobs. Find a way to balance your time and I would recommend using an agenda (physical copy or digital, it's all personal preference). Good luck, hope this helped!
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Lindsey’s Answer

Hi Joseph, time management is a must in college. As long as you establish a routine you be fine with managing classes and a social life. Set aside a few time slots that you block out for strictly classwork and a few for other activities and ensure that you follow it by setting up a rewards system ex. completed Humanities assignment reward yourself with spending time with friends.

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Elizabeth’s Answer

Dear Joseph,
This really depends on what you want to do. Typically things like sports, theater, dance and music will consume a lot of time. I have spent upwards of 40 hours a week in some activities in the past. That being said, other activities like clubs, may only take one or two hours a week. Most upperclassman who are involved in those activities should be able to tell you specifically what the time commitment would be for whatever you are interested in. Good luck.
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Junli (June)’s Answer

It depends on what you want to do. Consider: physical or mentally-related ones. Physical meaning team sports (baseball/volleyball), solo sports (running), swimming, dancing, martial arts. Mentally meaning arts based: arts and crafts, draw/paint/sculpt or learning a new language. find out where you want to get involved in. Talk to people who run those organizations or clubs and ask how often they meet.

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Richard’s Answer

My son participates in research about 10 hours per week and volunteers at the local hospital 5 hours per week.
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Simeon’s Answer

It depends on the type of extra-curricular groups you are a part of. Fraternities and sororities are going to be very time consuming. Not only will you have to keep up with the calendar of events and sub-groups, you will also be pulled into a constant flow of informal social events. I'd recommend clubs and organizations that are a bit less involved (nor quite so expensive), so you have a bit more freedom to say yes to spontaneous social outings than if you had most of your free time taken up by the club's groups, meetings, and events. Also, don't feel like you have to be in several groups. Just choose the ones that work best for you.
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