Equally important as academic activities, co curricular activities instil in us that magic which makes us stand tall in a crowd of hundreds.
Although co curricular activities might not be tested and graded yet they make up that part of our academic lives which really needs to be worked upon. Winning is not always important but being a part of a certain task is the main thing. Co curricular activities teach you how to excel outside the classroom that is why they are formally recognised as equal to the academic curriculum.
Our mind is a complex machine which can perform innumerable tasks with such finesse that we also might get surprised. So why should we bog our intelligence by limiting it to just mugging and reproducing the mugged stuff. Learning does not just mean attending a two hour long lecture with full concentration, it stretches out to striking a cord on the drum or shaking your legs to some fun beats too. Writing, singing, dancing, debates, drama, sports... the list is endless. There are more than a hundred ways of showcasing our hidden talents. How productive it is to learn while you have fun!
Co curricular activities are a practical, true and genuine experiences received by students. These will not add up points to their mark sheets but will certainly add some to their personality development. Intellectual aspects of personality are solely accomplished by the classroom, while aesthetic development, character building, spiritual growth, physical growth, moral values, creativity, etc are supported by co-curricular activities. Frankness and clarity in language and personality is supported by these activities. It helps to develop co-ordination, adjustment, speech fluency, extempore expressions, etc among student both at the school as well as college levels.
The term 'extra' added up to co curricular activities needs to be buried!
Extra implies something not necessary and suggests that student activities are just fun and games, which makes it easy for them to be dismissed or removed. Activities are school and college sponsored programs and should be thought of and referred to as co curricular.
Why they are a must:
Makes time productive- The widely held notion that if a young person spends a great deal of time in beneficial or harmless activities, he or she will not have time to get into mischief. Moreover, the time spent in the activity will be productive and fruitful, thus it is a two way gain!
Brushing up skills-Our inbuilt activities are given a good boost with co curricular activities. These activities guide students how to organize and present an activity, how to develop skills, how to co-operate and co-ordinate in different situations all these helps in leadership qualities.
Healthy Competition- A good competitive spirit prevails between the participants. It makes the events fun and exciting. It even strengthens a young person's commitment to conventional institutions, such as school, and traditional career pathways.
Students who are involved in co curricular activities are able to extend and enrich previously learned academic skills through competitions and real- world simulations. In the co curricular setting, they may also develop and practice artistic, musical, and psychomotor talents; leadership skills; and future career and occupational skills.