These 10 points are the main reasons why extra-curricular activities should be encouraged in the pursuit to become that “balanced girl”.
1. Harness Talent
• Everyone has talent in something
• In hibernation – wake it up
• Take chances, grab opportunities, try as much as you can
• Find your niche/forte
• Discover and learn your talents
• Identify strengths, weaknesses
• Discover a new you
2. All-round development
• People who are good at many things are preferred to those who can only do one correctly.
• Extra-curricular results in new skills and all round development
• Multi-faceted, versatile, independent
• You will be defined by many things
3. Raise your self esteem
• Many feel a sense of non-accomplishment if they have not stepped out.
• An empty mind is a lazy mind.
• Doing many things gives a sense of self-worth.
• Become more aware, and acquire more exposure, improving knowledge and experienced for life.
4. Develop soft skills
• Multi-tasking develops managerial skills that are life skills such as prioritisation, organisation, team work, leadership, time management, etc.
• Being exposed to extra-curricular makes the participant capable and strong to tackle new challenges.
5. Stress Busters
• Everyone can undergo stress through study.
• Apart from good sleep, extracurricular activities play a vital role in busting stress.
• They cool the mind down and help remove tensions.
6. Great social skills
• You may not get many friends just through academics.
• When you step out, you will meet new people, and discover common interests, which is when you bond.
• Group activities help you make new friends, and a sense of attachment/ belonging.
7. Creative juices
• Curiosity, thinking out of the box and creativity are inborn. But they can be developed and just need the right environment.
• It can be nurtured, and activities help that.
• Participation opens new doors, thinking changes you and you begin to do things more creatively.
8. Activeness – on the move
• Being active from a young age will bring numerous health benefits in later life
• Improves energy levels, mental alertness.
• Helps break mundane routine, and improves enthusiasm.
9. Because you can do it
• Lots of research shows that women are better at multi-tasking than men!
• Numerous tests back this up
• Common joke amongst the genders – all in jest of course
• But it should be good proof that you have the ability to do more, be busy and be great at it
10. Looks good on the CV
• In a tougher University and job market, the CV needs to show more than just academic
achievement. Check out my previous blog on universities and extra-curricular!
• They look beyond the grades! How accomplished you are will often be judged on all round criterion.
• So be versatile