An excellent and well-rounded academic course always includes extra-curricular activities as a part of the main course to provide the students with the essential information as well as a way for them to develop and streamline their various skills, develop their personalities and character. This is why colleges need to ensure that extra-curricular activities ranging from sports, singing, and debates to cultural activities are actively encouraged.
Various studies have indicated the importance that extra-curricular activities can play in the life of a student and how it fashions them into who they are today. These are some of the reasons why extra-curricular activities are important –
- Communication: Taking part in various activities such as sports, debates, etc., should enable the students to develop extempore skills and facilitate better communication. Such events enable the student to better relate to others which should help the student empathise better with others, to communicate better, and even work and collaborate. In fact, most of the sports actively encourage and foster collaboration, while enabling the student to realise the value of the same, in achieving the target.
- Character development: Most psychiatrists agree that extra-curricular activities play a vital role in personality development; primarily the activities that the students take part in, enable them to develop a well-rounded personality. This, in turn, should help the student carry himself with more confidence and be able to relax and adjust to varying conditions, emotive and otherwise.
- Stress: It has been proven that taking part in various physical extra-curricular activities can play a fundamental role in bringing down the stress levels in the human body. By taking part in physically challenging activities such as football, hockey, cricket and others, the student can trick his body into releasing more adrenaline and dopamine into his system which should help bring down the stress levels in his body. Apart from this, it should also provide the student with a sense of ‘feeling good’, on account of the dopamine release.
- Skill development: It has been widely reported as to how taking part in various extra-curricular activities can enable a student to develop certain skills. Whether it is learning to talk extempore, participating in a debate, learning to sing and act, or even to play football, all these activities can enable the student to pick up certain skills. And these skills would stand him in good stead for a long time after. This is why it is important to ensure that children are exposed to various extra-curricular activities from a very young age, to allow them to develop their personalities and even learn new skills which could prove to be valuable later on.
These are some of the reasons why all colleges must encourage and make it mandatory for students to take part in extra-curricular activities. Moreover, participating in extra-curricular activities can help one break down the monotony of lectures and lessons which, in turn, should help provide the student with a well-rounded education.