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Benefits of Student Participation in Extracurricular Events

BENEFITS OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 6

Benefitsof Student Participation in Extracurricular Events

Benefitsof Student Participation in ICWS/Swansea University ExtracurricularEvents

Extracurricularactivities have been there for a long time. According to Burgess(2015), most learning institutions from across the world offer theseactivities in form of sports, music, drama and academic clubs amongothers. Despite their popularity, however, there have been a numberof debates regarding their actual contribution to the development ofstudents. Apparently, despite acknowledging their importance, anumber of parents are blaming some of these activities for the poorperformance of some students (Finn, 2013). In their view,extracurricular events have become so many within the calendar yearto the extent they are interfering with normal learning. This isexhibited in the way many students nowadays put more efforts inbecoming better in these activities at the expense of their academicprosperity (Karweit &amp Hansell, 2013). The report presented hereinis for a research done to establish the truth regarding theseconcerns. The main objective of the research was to investigate thebenefits of student participation in ICWS/Swansea Universityextracurricular events.

ResearchFindings

Uponcompletion of a successful research, there were a lot of insightsinto the whole idea of extracurricular activities and how it isperceived by different stakeholders in the education sector. Amongthe stakeholders considered for the research included students,teachers, parents and government officials in the education ministry.All these stakeholders had different views. On the contrary, it wasunanimously agreed that extracurricular activities, when done inmoderation, have a lot of benefits for students. These benefits donot only impact their academics but also their social development asthey grow up. According to Kleese and D`Onofrio (2014), allowingyoung children to get involved in activities outside the classroomhelps build critical elements within him such as working skills,collaboration skills, people skills among others. In addition, someof the activities enhance individual and group responsibility, teamwork, competitiveness, diversity, mental and physical strength.

Accordingto a research by Mounts and Steinberg (2012), extracurricularactivities can have different impacts on students depending on howthey are structured and administered. Ideally, this implies that agiven activity or event might have the best impact when carried outin a particular way and in a particular environment. ICWS/SwanseaUniversity is one of the leading institutions that have perfectedtheir extracurricular activity program. As discovered during theresearch, this is largely because the university has profitedimmensely from the program especially in terms of enhanced studentengagement (Finn, 2013). Below are some of the benefits that theprogram has had on the university students.

Benefit#1: Learning Time Management and Prioritizing

Fromthe research, it was quite clear that Swansea University students arebetter time managers than most of their colleagues from otherinstitutions. Part of this quality was attributed to their continuousengagement in various extracurricular events. For instance, mostsports activities are usually timed (Burgess, 2015). Confirming tothe timings build within them a culture of scheduling, keeping timeand setting the priorities right.

Benefit#2: Improving Interpersonal Relationships

Schoolsare critical institutions because they play a very crucial role inthe development of children. According to Karweit and Hansell (2013),not only are they entrusted with academically equipping theyoungsters, but also enhancing their social skills. Through sports,music, drama and academic clubs, Swansea University students havebeen able to develop broader and confident outlook when dealing withtheir peers as well as other people in the community. This isexhibited in the way they are more outgoing and understand andappreciate the diversity within them.

Benefit#3: Helps in Exploring Individual Interests

Educationis very important. However, Geen (2015) notes that not succeeding inschool does not mean one cannot make it in life. Apparently, this hasbeen the notion of many parents as exhibited in the way they pressuretheir children to perform in exams. Conversely, with extracurricularactivities, students get the opportunities to explore their area ofinterest. A lot of talents are discovered along the way which ifnurtured properly they give forth the best musicians and athletes.

Benefit#4: Promotes Emotional Wellbeing

Kleeseand D`Onofrio (2014) note that one of the most crucial lessons thatstudents learn from competitive extracurricular activities is thatsometimes in life you either win or lose. This lesson is criticalbecause we currently live in a very competitive world where we arenot guaranteed to always get what we want. Nevertheless, asdemonstrated at Swansea University, growing up learning how to acceptdefeat as a challenge is very health for the emotional wellbeingespecially of young people.

Benefit#5: Helps Cure Depression

Educationcan be stressing sometimes. At Swansea University, for instance,students are expected to master a lot within the few years that theyare at the institution. Sadly, they do not have an option since asnoted earlier, people now live in a very stressful and competitiveworld. However, engaging in extracurricular events enables thesestudents to at least shift their attention from the pressure of lifeand concentrate on more satisfying activities such singing, playingsoccer and debating (Kleese &amp D`Onofrio, 2014). At SwanseaUniversity, these activities have been very instrumental in relaxingthe minds of students. More so, for the depressed ones, they havebeen used to help them stay inclined away from stressful thinking andsuicidal feelings.

Benefit#6: Helps in Channelizing Energy

Inthe current technologically connected world, children as young as 10years are exposed to all sorts of things through media and theinternet. Actually, Finn (2013) notes that it is becomingincreasingly challenging for parents to bring up children in thecurrent times. The same challenge has been passed on to teachers whospend most of the time with these youngsters during their teenage(Geen, 2015). At Swansea University, these teachers have mastered theart of using extracurricular activity to keep students preoccupied aswell as transfer the unchanneled energy to positive courses. Perhapsthis explains why the institution has the fewest cases of menacessuch as alcohol, drug and substance abuse.

Conclusion

Fromthe research conducted at ICWS/Swansea University, it is quiteapparent that there are a bunch of excellent benefits thatextracurricular activities have not only on the students but also oninstitutions that embrace them. Nonetheless, as it is commonly said,too much of something is poisonous. According to a research by Mountsand Steinberg (2012), institutions should be keen enough to draw aclear line on how much activities is too much. Most of theseactivities are very interesting and students like them a lot.Ideally, this means that when left without a sense of direction, someof them might be carried away by the activities at the expense oftheir studies. Burgess (2015) actually notes that teens involved intoo many activities often end up having numerous academic problems.Therefore, there should be good balance between class work and whatis done in the fields.

References

Burgess,J. (2015). The top benefits of extracurricular activities. Journalof Education, 2(5),17-23.

Finn,J.D. (2013). Schoolengagement and students at risk.Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics.

Geen,T. (2015). Extracurricular Participation and Student Engagement.NationalCenter for Education Statistics, 3(2),223-243.

Karweit,N. &amp Hansell, S. (2013). SchoolOrganization and Friendship Selection.New York: Academic Press.

Kleese,E.J. &amp D`Onofrio, J.A. (2014). StudentActivities for Students at Risk.Reston, VA: National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Mounts,N.S., &amp Steinberg, L. (2012). Putting School in perspective: Theinfluence of family, peers, extracurricular participation, andpart-time work on academic engagement. Journalof Education, 3(2),277-289.