Why Extracurricular Activities

Why Extracurricular Activities (2:22)

“When I’m also interviewing and looking for a person, I’m looking for a person who has the ability to work well on a team, as well as to bring all their smarts to the group. So I need to know that there are other things and other extracurricular activities that you’re performing in order to come into our group and work as that whole person.”

Role models in order of appearance: Vanessa Wyche, Donna Blackshear-Reynolds, Stacy Shuker Reece, Shreya Dave, Gladys Henderson, and Erica Bozeman, Ph.D.

Video Transcript

Extracurricular activities are wonderful. They’re a great way of helping with you feeling confident. It helps you to boost your self-esteem.

I think it’s very important to do extracurricular activities because not only does it give back to the school, but it also allows you to make relationships with other people that you might not work with otherwise. And you can always learn something from every person that you need.

Organizations like Girl Scouts or organized sports can help you learn how to work with people, how to cooperate with people, how to influence people to gain a common goal.

Growing up, I played the violin, and I played the piano. And I don’t really play anymore, but those things gave really important skills to me, and they taught me to stick to it. They taught me to not give up when I was bad at something and to work through that. And they taught me the discipline of having to practice every day.

It gave me an opportunity to release some of the energy I have sitting in the classroom. But it also gave me an opportunity to discover some other talents and skills that I had.

And I think it’s very important for girls to stretch out and get out, do team sports so you learn how to work as a team. It’s very important when you go off to college and also when you go off into your careers to know how to be a team player, and sports helps you to know how to do that.

I think it’s always important to be a well-rounded individual. I can’t just be in the lab all day, or else I’ll probably go crazy. So definitely having other outlets, things that I find enjoyable, whether it’s just sitting at my piano playing for a few hours or getting together with a few friends and playing some basketball, I just think it just really helps me to be a better scientist because I’m more relaxed. And then when I come back into the lab, I’m more focused. I can really get a lot more done and be more productive.

When I’m also interviewing and looking for a person, I’m looking for a person who has the ability to work well on a team, as well as to bring all their smarts to the group. So I need to know that there are other things and other extracurricular activities that you’re performing in order to come into our group and work as that whole person.

Discussion Guide

Independent Learning Guide: This all-purpose guide can be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a lively discussion about the importance of extracurricular activities.

Classroom Lesson Plan

What’s the best way to build skills for college and a career and have fun at the same time? Find out from the role models in this video how participating in extracurriculars like sports and music can do all that.

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth “before, during, and after” learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.

Empowerment Activities

Use Empowerment Activities as a fun way to reinforce the video topic and build community with your students.

Fun Page Activity

Fun Page Activity: What extracurriculars might be just right for you? Use this graphic organizer to take a look at activities you can try.