I can tell you that my latest activities have all involved snow – walking through it, shoveling it, taking the dogs out for a romp in it, as you can see below.
Although I’ve learned a few things while doing these activities (bend at the knees, shovel smaller amounts, my dogs LOVE snow), that’s not exactly what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the activities that you love to do while you’re in high school – the kind that you’ll want to (have to!) include in your activities list.
[As an aside, these activities aren’t just for show or even just for college. What you learn through your involvement is teamwork, leadership, how to communicate better, how to disagree with people, and just how to get along with people who are not like you. And all of these skills will help you in college, anytime you look for a job, and in your relationships. Seriously! Being involved in activities beyond the classroom is awesome!]
So how do you choose what to get involved in? My first rule (and pretty much my only rule) is that you choose what you like to do. If you love math or dream of being an engineer, then maybe the math club or the robotics club is your thing. If you are an aspiring author, or even an already published one, then what about the school newspaper, literary magazine, the yearbook or writing for the school website? Or perhaps you want to learn about your own or other cultures. Then the Black Student Union, Gay Straight Alliance, Multicultural Club may be a great fit for you.
And what I’ve mentioned above are just a few clubs that may be in your school. You could teach at the place where you worship, serve food at the homeless shelter, work backstage at the community theater, have a job delivering pizza. All of these are activities – from clubs and organizations to community service to work – they all count.
So now that you’re thinking about what you like doing and have figured out what clubs are available in your school and community, what next? Obviously, you join the club – but that’s not what I’m getting at. What you do is you open your eyes and ears and your mind and you learn. Learn about
- how you can help others
- the skills and talents you have that can help the club
- the projects you’re all working on
- the other people in the group
- how to be a good follower
- the leadership opportunities where you can challenge yourself
- how to be a good leader
- opportunities to grow – through competition, teamwork, and even travel (like with the Spanish Club!).
It’s all about the mindset you go in with. And if you selected clubs that are doing what is interesting to you, you’ll find it easier to get involved, to take on added responsibilities, to become invested in how well the club does. And sometimes, what interests you may be something you want to learn more about, but aren’t so good at…yet!
So I encourage you to take the leap and get involved. If you have to work or have family responsibilities, then those are your activities and you can definitely learn a lot from them. I can think of two things, managing your time and managing your money, that are learning opportunities. I’ll bet you could think of several more!
I’d love to hear about one thing you learned through your involvement in activities, either through working, serving your community, or a school club. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll share your comments in another post.
Now I need stop writing and walk those dogs!
Make it a great day! Thanks for reading!