In college, academics should fall as number one on a student’s list of priorities (by expectation default). But, a well-rounded college experience can lead to the greatest success and most impactful growth. Participating in extracurriculars helps create a balanced college life by providing a social outlet where students can take their mind off of academics and enjoy what they love doing most.
There is much to learn outside of the classroom, whether you play an intramural sport, perform on stage or join a club related to your major. And Grand Canyon University offers a wide range of diverse opportunities for students to get involved, discover their passions and create lifelong memories.
At GCU, we highly encourage our students to take advantage of opportunities to get involved. The following benefits emphasize the value of joining a club or organization on our campus:
Connection and Community
GCU becomes a home away from home for students and a sense of connection helps shape the campus into a place of comfort and support. Through activities, you can find your place in this community and form new friendships with others who share your interests.
Discovering Passions and Strengths
Do not be afraid to try out a variety of extracurriculars. Not every club or organization is for you, and that is okay. Finding an opportunity that matches your interest may just be the first step toward discovering your passion. For example, joining the Innovative Computing (iC) Club at GCU may reveal that both technology and altruism is the path you want to follow in life.
Growth and Potential
Extracurriculars are opportunities for learning and growing through the experiences of going outside of your comfort zone and meeting new people. Traveling abroad, going on an outdoor recreational trip, volunteering for a community service project or joining a club challenges you to learn more about yourself and reach your potential not only academically, but also personally and spiritually. Outside of the classroom, experiences add to your sense of purpose at GCU.
College is proverbially “the time of your life” – full of lifetime friends, memories never to forget and stories to share for decades. Extracurricular activities open doors to forming these friendships, but can also lead to opportunities for networking and mentorship. Relationships with student leaders, faculty, employees, university guests, speakers, coaches, etc. can all help you achieve your professional goals.
Extracurricular activities can serve as a resume builder and job interview topic by showcasing a diverse college experience, especially if you fulfilled a leadership role. Employers look for candidates who possess interpersonal and communication skills, proactively explore opportunities for growth and enrichment, demonstrate teamwork and practice good time management by juggling various responsibilities.
Joining a sports team or school club does not even have to start at the college level. High schoolers can also find their place in school by being a part of something more than a classroom of students. This high school involvement then helps a student discover interests and talents that they can further pursue at GCU.
Grand Canyon University offers a variety of opportunities for students to get involved on campus. Learn more about GCU by visiting our website or contacting us using the Request More Information button at the top of the page.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.