The importance of extracurricular activities on college campuses is well established. These activities exist to complement the university's academic curriculum and to augment a student's educational experience. Involvement during college positively affects student learning and development. Extracurricular activities provide a setting to become involved and to interact with other students, thus leading to increased learning.
As the development of the well-rounded individual is a principal goal of extracurricular activities on college and university campuses, the numerous experiences these activities afford positively impact students' emotional, intellectual, social, and inter-personal development. Taking part in these out-of-the-classroom activities helps students to understand the importance of critical thinking skills, time management, and academic and intellectual competence. Working outside of the classroom with diverse groups of individuals allows for students to gain more self-confidence, autonomy, and appreciation for others' differences and similarities.
Students also develop skills specific to their career path and imperative for future job success. By becoming involved students have opportunities to improve their leadership and interpersonal skills while also increasing their self-confidence.
Extracurricular activities provide a place for students to come together, discuss pertinent ideas and issues, and accomplish common goals. Involved students view their college years as a positive experience. So get out there and get involved.