Joining teams, activities and organizations can be a lot of fun, but there are other benefits as well.
- Skill development. Whether you're improving your batting or learning how to be an actor, involvement in activities gives you the chance to be better at the things you enjoy doing.
- Teamwork skills. You don't have to play sports to learn how to be part of a team. Any time you work with others on a project or a goal, you're developing teamwork skills.
- Leadership opportunities. The chance to lead a group of your peers will give you confidence and teach you how to motivate others.
- Exposure to new ideas. Volunteer opportunities and student groups may let you see how people live in other countries or on the other side of town. You'll also meet people who have different opinions than yours.
- Career exploration. Many organizational tasks – fundraising, performing, advertising and others – can help you discover how well you'd like careers that involve those activities.
- Chances to make new friends. Who doesn't want more friends?
- Outlet for emotions and stress. Having interests besides school and home will let you to express yourself in positive ways.
Here's the thing – employers, colleges and just about everyone you'll want to impress in the future like people who have these abilities. So whether you want to play sports, join a youth group or run for student government, get involved. You'll be glad you did.