Why Extracurricular Activities Are Essential to a High School Student’s Career

“What do you ‘do’ in school?” is a common question asked among high school students. In other words, what activities do you do? What clubs do you belong to? And why are these extracurricular activities of any value?

Many people would agree that, long after high school, they have fond memories of extracurricular activities and realize that participating in those activities taught valuable lessons, much like the lessons learned in a formal classroom setting. Boarding schools, like The Kiski School,  offer students an array of extracurricular activities – each offering a way for students to expand their minds, cultivate an interest, or learn something in a more relaxed atmosphere. Extracurricular activities also strengthen a wide range of essential life skills for students. These skills include:

Social Skills
Participating in extracurricular activities helps students learn to interact with others socially. They learn to be respectful of differing views and how to behave appropriately in a group. These social interactions also let students grow together, helping each other lay foundations for mutual respect and lifelong self-confidence. Students learn what it takes to find success in group environments and what they, as individuals, can contribute to their organization.

Work Ethic
Student organizations require a work commitment from those involved. For example, students on the newspaper or yearbook staff must meet deadlines and complete assigned tasks. Students in the Engineering Club must compete in local competitions. Students in the Glee Club must memorize their music and attend rehearsals. No matter the subject or theme of the club, students are given the opportunity to gain a strong work ethic – something that all employers seek in potential employees.

Many extracurricular activities require creativity and thinking “outside-the-box.” These activities could include public speaking events in forensics, choreography, planning presentations, or contributing ideas during a meeting.  Students who push themselves to break away from the ordinary and strive to be highly creative are more likely to grow into successful, well-rounded individuals.

Time Management
Time management is a valuable skill for anyone in boarding school, and even more valuable out in the real world. Learning how to budget time assists students in their academic and community life and teaches great responsibility. Commitment to a club or organization requires the development of time management skills – skills that will be essential in life post-high school.

At The Kiski School, we offer a wide variety of student organizations and even encourage students to start their own approved organization with the help of a designated faculty member. If you’re interested in learning more about Kiski and how we help our students succeed, contact us or schedule a visit!
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Established in 1888, The Kiski School is one of the oldest, independent, all-boys, college preparatory boarding schools in Pennsylvania and the United States.  Home to 200 boys, Kiski offers an academically rigorous curriculum that includes Advanced and Honors courses, 12 varsity sports, and a community that allows boys to thrive through project-based learning and self-discovery. Kiski's beautiful, 350-acre campus is located in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.

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