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Picking the right extra-curricular activities
Back to school means back to extra-curricular activities, too. There's a lot to choose from, so here are a few tips for picking the right extra-curricular activities for you:
- Ask your friends what they are involved in. They would have an "inside" view and could give you an idea about if you would like it.
- Check in with your parents -- can they support the time (and sometimes added expenses) associated with a particular activity or club?
- Check with the office or guidance counselor. They often have a listing and schedule of clubs, sports, and activities.
- Ask your teachers -- many teachers also sponsor groups.
- See if you can form your own club. If you are interested in a topic that ins't offered, see what it takes to form your own club.
- Contact the club president/leader to learn more.
- Ask an older sibling. If you are the oldest, ask one of your friend's brothers or sisters.
- Join something related to your intended college major or a job you'd like to have -- drama and business are good examples of clubs that let you "check out" your future in advance.
- Choose something related to one of your strengths. If you enjoy public speaking, try out the debate team. Like music? Join the band.
- On the flip-side, joining a club might be the perfect way to strengthen a skill that you need to work on. Maybe try out a non-competitive tennis club if you're not an athlete. Bonus here -- you get some exercise in!
- Serve others. Many extra-curricular activities are service-oriented. These look great on college applications and resumes.
- Try it!
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