It is a known fact that high school can be stressful. And if you’re getting ready for college, the demands are two times more than what you expect. For one, you’ll need to complete challenging courses and examinations. It will seem like you won’t have any time for outside activities, although it is important to commit to something healthy and fun aside from school. An easier way to achieve this is to join a sports club while you’re still in high school. This way, you can continue with it even though you’ve progressed to college.
High school clubs can prove very significant for your college life. If you accept responsibility and accomplish success, your extracurricular activities will help you get into college and even help you pay for it.
Here are some essential tips for choosing the right school clubs for you.
- Always Choose Quality. Don’t join every sports club registered in school. Choose one or two that you find enjoyable and something that will improve your focus and commitment. If you join many clubs, you won’t get to enjoy what you love, and you will instead feel overwhelmed and eventually lose interest in continuing. Just commit to something that mostly heightens your interest and at the same time, gives you space to do other things as well.
- Know Your Choices. There is a wide variety of extracurriculars and organizations available in high school. There’s the political organizations, math or science clubs, sports teams, or arts and theater clubs. You will typically be introduced to these organizations at the start of the school year. You can listen to the meetings to see which one you like. Then you can narrow down your list to your top choices.
- Seek Professional Experience. Getting an internship or part-time job while you’re in high school can be hard sometimes, although there are easy alternatives. But if you plan to get into Medicine, for example, you can apply to be an assistant to a medical doctor during your free time. If you love experimenting, you can join the science club and hone your skills by being an intern in a Robotics course. If you love dancing, on the other hand, try the dance club and see the dance shows sponsored in your school or community. Spend time to cultivate your interests and learn to improve them for your future.
- Learn To Give Back. Some clubs are known for allowing their members to give back or pay it forward. They would often provide options to do community service or perhaps offer to help you connect with families who are in need so you can provide them with whatever you can share. This way, you learn in high school what the realities are for some who are underprivileged, and you are encouraged to give your time, or you are some of your blessings to those who need them.
- Establish Good Relationships With Teachers. Every club or organization has a corresponding adviser, who is usually one of the high school teachers. Having strong, healthy ties with teachers and other staff may also help you get a recommendation to a college that you always love to study in.
If for some reason, you aren’t able to find the niche that you want in the existing clubs in school, you might as well start one! Perhaps you have a unique hobby that you don’t see in the clubs registered in school – Crossfit training or cooking, for instance – then create a club of your own and register it in your school. It may take time, but after the registration and when you have found your members, things will go smoothly, and your leadership journey will soon prosper. Do what you love doing and develop awesome skills while you’re at it.