As a secondary school students, it is very important for you to be happy while you are in school. This is because when you are happy, you enjoy the time you spend in school more and will naturally be more invested in the school. You will have a more positive attitude towards school and be more motivated to do well. These are all factors that will go a long way in helping students perform better academically. In the second part of our How to be HAPPY in school series, we will be discussing how participating in CCAs can help to brighten up your school life and make it more exciting. Read on to find out more.
1. School is more than studies
Secondary school is so much more than just studying and preparing for the ‘O’ Levels, there are many CCAs you can take part in to enrich your school life. Joining a CCA that you enjoy will help to make you excited about coming to school, it gives you something to look forward to after classes and will help to break the monotony of lessons, homework and revision. It also exposes you things that you otherwise would not have been able to experience such as the camaraderie you share with your CCA mates when you are preparing for the ‘C’ or ‘B’ Division competitions or rehearsing for a performance. This are all valuable experiences to have that will make you to look back on your time in school fondly.
2. Helps you to develop a passion
As secondary school students, you are constantly learning and discovering new things about yourself. Joining a CCA that you are interested in may help you to develop a passion for it that will last you long after you have graduated. Being passionate in something is an amazing feeling, it keeps you engaged and motivates you to strive for excellence. This will also help you to improve as an individual when develop valuable skills from it such as the athleticism from sports or the musical ability from the performing arts. All of these serves to keep you eager and interested in school life.
3. Balancing CCAs and studies
It is common for students to encounter difficulties coping with both their studies and their CCAs. This is especially so near and during the competition or performance period. Students tend to focus more on their CCAs during this time and neglect their studies. One way in which students can better balance their time is to create a daily schedule and follow it religiously. Allocate time between doing homework, revising and practicing for your CCA. Make sure that you have enough time to complete your schoolwork first before moving on to your CCA. It would also help if students spend their break times in school more productively by starting on their homework and revision instead of chilling with their friends or playing games. Finding the right balance between both their studies and CCAs will help students to get the best of both worlds and maximize their time in school.
CCAs play an important part in the school life of a secondary school student, it is a welcomed break and something fun that they can look forward to and enjoy. They are also able to experience the feeling of being part of a team or a group that they otherwise would not have been able to and can also find their passion. They will pick up and develop useful skills through their CCAs that will help them to improve themselves. However, time-management is an issue and it is something that they will have to master.