In my last blog, I wrote about the benefits of making connections with professors and other staff on a college campus. One benefit was feeling more connected to your school and therefore wanting to remain in school. Another factor that increases persistence is involvement in extracurricular activities. Similar to making connections, involvement on your campus leads one to feel more connected and to be more motivated to stay in school. But there are many other benefits. Here are a few:
- Learning “life skills”. Sometimes referred to as soft skills, I use the term “life skills” because these truly are skills you will use throughout your life such as communication, team work, decision-making, organization, and the list goes on.
- Making connections with other students, faculty, and staff. As you participate on teams, in clubs, or in organizations, you make connections with campus community that can lead to friendships, networking relationships, and mentors.
- Finding your passion. If you get involved in an activity that is related to your potential career or major, you may solidify your career path. Or, you may realize while acting as the treasurer of the Student Senate, that you really don’t enjoy accounting and it’s time to switch your major. Either way, you’ve explored a potential career option by doing something hands-on and that is extremely valuable.
- Bulking up your resume. Work experience, education, and great references are essential, but sometimes you need a little more to stand out from the crowd. Participating in extracurricular activities, especially ones that relate to the job can give you a distinct advantage over your competitor.
- Having fun! Wait, what? Fun, in college? Well, if you’re not having any fun, you’re not doing it right. Besides the academics, the biggest part of the college experience is social. Activities allow you to enjoy your college experience beyond learning in the classroom.
Wondering what clubs/sports/activities St. Charles Community College has to offer? Check out the student activities page on our website: http://www.stchas.edu/athletics_activities/student_activities/
Or the athletics page: http://www.stchas.edu/athletics_activities/cougar_athletics/
Also, on September 3rd and 4th from 11a.m.-2p.m., come to the Fall Fun Blitz on the campus plaza to learn about all of the different ways you can get involved on campus. There’s always lots of free food, giveaways, and great music too. See you there!