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TLC in Manila Bulletin

TLC_MB.jpgNational daily Manila Bulletin featured The Lewis College on the front of their Schools, Colleges and Universities Bulletin section (E1), To see the online version of this article, click here (this opens a new window/tab).

The Benefits of Extracurricular Activities for Students

Extracurricular activities play a vital role in the overall development of students. These activities, which take place outside of the regular academic curriculum, provide numerous benefits that extend far beyond the classroom. From improved social skills to enhanced academic performance, participating in extracurricular activities can have a positive impact on a student's life.

1. Personal Growth and Development

Extracurricular activities offer students a chance to explore their interests, discover new talents, and develop their skills. Whether it's joining a sports team, participating in a debate club, or joining a music group, these activities allow students to pursue their passions and uncover hidden talents. Through these experiences, students gain a sense of personal fulfillment and self-confidence, which can positively influence their overall well-being.

๐ŸŒŸ Interesting Fact: A study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence found that students who participated in extracurricular activities had higher levels of self-esteem and self-confidence compared to those who did not.

2. Academic Performance

Contrary to popular belief, participating in extracurricular activities does not detract from a student's academic performance. In fact, research has shown that students who engage in extracurricular activities often perform better academically than their peers who do not participate.

๐ŸŒŸ Interesting Fact: According to a study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, high school students who participated in extracurricular activities had higher grade point averages and were more likely to attend college.

2.1 Time Management and Discipline

Engaging in extracurricular activities requires students to balance their time effectively between academics and their chosen activities. This cultivates essential skills such as time management and discipline, which are invaluable in academic settings and later in life.

๐ŸŒŸ Interesting Fact: A study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology found that students who participated in extracurricular activities had better time management skills and were more likely to complete homework and assignments on time.

3. Social Skills and Networking

Participating in extracurricular activities provides students with opportunities to interact and collaborate with peers who share similar interests. These activities promote teamwork, communication, and leadership skills, fostering healthy social relationships and helping students build strong networks.

๐ŸŒŸ Interesting Fact: A study conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign revealed that students who participated in extracurricular activities reported higher levels of social support and a greater sense of belonging within their school community.

3.1 Cultural Understanding and Diversity

Extracurricular activities often expose students to diverse cultures and perspectives. By participating in activities such as multicultural clubs or language exchange programs, students develop a broader understanding and appreciation of different cultures, promoting inclusivity and respect.

๐ŸŒŸ Interesting Fact: According to a study published in the Journal of Experiential Education, students who engaged in extracurricular activities promoting cultural diversity showed increased acceptance of individual differences and a greater ability to collaborate with diverse groups of people.

4. Health and Well-being

Extracurricular activities, particularly those involving physical exercise, contribute to improved physical health and overall well-being. Sports teams, dance clubs, and other physical activities help students stay active, reduce stress levels, and develop healthy habits that can benefit them throughout their lives.

๐ŸŒŸ Interesting Fact: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that students who participated in extracurricular physical activities were more likely to meet recommended physical activity guidelines and had a lower risk of obesity.

4.1 Stress Reduction and Mental Health

Engaging in extracurricular activities can serve as a stress reliever for students. These activities provide an outlet for self-expression, allowing students to unwind and divert their attention from academic pressures. Moreover, participating in activities they enjoy can improve students' mental health and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

๐ŸŒŸ Interesting Fact: A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that students who participated in extracurricular activities experienced lower levels of stress and were less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as substance abuse.


Extracurricular activities are an integral part of a student's educational journey. From personal growth and academic success to improved social skills and well-being, the benefits of participating in these activities are undeniable. Schools, parents, and students themselves should recognize the value of extracurricular activities and encourage students to explore their interests outside the classroom. By engaging in extracurricular activities, students can develop into well-rounded individuals who are equipped with essential skills and experiences that will benefit them throughout their lives.