Extracurricular means activities that do not come under the category of regular studies, as curricular refers to subjects related to the course of study in any college or school.
These activities are organized by students, either officially or semi-officially. The said activities are not mandatory but voluntary, philanthropic, and social and involve people of different age groups. These activities are directed by students and staff, however, most of the time, these are student-led initiatives. Sometimes principals and teachers also come up with various extracurricular activities. It is important to note that these are different from the classroom activities that are intended to increase the understanding of the subject.
There are many advantages of extracurricular activities; it reduces the dropping out percentage of students from the school, reduces criminal offenses, retains students in higher education, and reduces anti-social behavior.
The synonyms for extracurricular activities are non-collegiate activity, after-school activity, non-scholastic activity, extra-classroom activity, etc.
These activities are done outside the classroom. Extracurricular activities include clubs, arts, employment, athletics, personal commitments, etc. These activities help to increase student engagement and interest. It helps to break the monotony in the classroom and gives students time to rejuvenate and takes off the stress and pressure that they usually go through.
If someone develops a skill out of the extra activities that they do, they can make a career out of it. Through these activities, one can develop skills like leadership, communication, public speaking, etc.
These activities, whether clubs, sports, or any school-based programs, all have a positive impact and increase confidence in the participant’s life, and gives them an edge.