There is no best way to spend time away from class and studying, there is just the best way to spend YOUR time.

Blogger: Tripp Smitham

Lots of students have questions about what extracurricular activities they should pursue.  More often than not they are concerned with which activities will benefit them the most when it comes to their education and future career.  This is why many students assume the only productive organizations for business majors to join are things like professional fraternities or finance/accounting clubs.  These can be great organizations and many students do enjoy being a part of them, but that doesn’t mean they are right for every student.

So how should a student pick which extracurricular activities are best for them?  Simple, they should pick the activities they enjoy most and the ones they find most interesting.  If you make your decision based on what organization will look the best on a resume and not what you personally want to be a part of it will be much harder to be fully engaged in the organization.  The biggest benefit of extracurricular activities is they give you a chance to be self-motivated because you are the one who decided to participate. 

The other major benefit of extracurricular activities is they give an opportunity to break up the monotony of studying the same subjects all day every day.  This is another reason why you should pick an extracurricular you find interesting, it should be something you look forward to and something that helps you feel renewed and motivated afterward.  Students should not feel limited in what extracurricular activities they can engage.  Pick something just because you enjoy it and you won’t have to worry about it becoming just another chore.  Furthermore if you find something you are really passionate about do not feel like you have to give it up as soon as you graduate. Extracurricular activities can last a lifetime; they just call them hobbies after school.  If you think about the activity as something you would like to do the rest of your life you will be much more likely to pick the best one for you personally.  Life cannot be all work and no play, so make sure you enjoy the play also.

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