Benefits of Extracurriculars

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Benefits of Extracurriculars


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I don’t know about you, but I’m swamped with school. It seems like we all go home with homework every night. Whether it’s thirty math problems or a summary of some science lab, reading the next couple scenes of some Shakespearean play or dissecting some famous speech, we get thrown under the flood of assignments that come along with high school.

With all this work, many people are turned away from the idea of extracurricular clubs and activities. Believe me, I understand that feeling.

“With all this time already taken up, why in the wide world would I want to take up even more of my own time with school?”

I used to be just like you. I’m flooded with Honors Algebra II assignments, Honors World History projects, and reading and trying to understand Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I missed two days of school a while back, and I’m still not caught up from it.

But every Tuesday I go to Guitar Club, and jam out with the small group of friends that go. I do it because I desire it. I put all my worries aside just for an hour and a half and I just play.

The definition of the word ‘extracurricular’, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “Not falling within the scope of a regular curriculum.” However, I hate fancy definitions, so let’s make it simple. It means something that isn’t a class. Therefore, it’s not for a grade.

I’m still in school, but when I go to Guitar Club, I don’t have to worry about anything. If Guitar Club was a class, I’d have a 157.3%, but the fact that it isn’t a class is what makes it glorious. It’s a stress reliever.

Music alone is a stress reliever to me. Music is my coping mechanism, with all the junk that life tries to throw at me. Add in the fact that I’m hanging out with friends, and you’ve got a great combo. All I need is a guitar and a song, and I can sing until my throat is sore and my lungs aching. So in that way, I’m a lot like everyone else in that club.

The fact is, clubs allow you to meet and hang out with people who share common interests with you. With that, many doors are opened up to you. I made new friends in Guitar Club. In addition, I’m allowed to relieve stress in a simple and safe way.

To all those who feel like no one is like them; find a club about something you like. That’ll prove you wrong. You can gain so many friends through one simple club, you’d be amazed.

To everyone stressed out by their classes; hey, I feel you. But as I said above, clubs can provide a simple and safe way to get rid of your stress. Plus, it’s a great way to unwind after a stressful and dull day at school.

To anyone bored with school; join a club! I assure you, if you join a club about something you like, you won’t be bored. Otherwise, you don’t really like it, right?

School can drown you in a sea of stress and work. Clubs provide a simple and easy escape from all of that. For me, Guitar Club helps me get rid of the world for an hour and a half. So don’t sit there drowning in that sea. Grab the life preserver that’s been thrown to you; join a club!