By Chontel Bevans
Mrs. Natalie Adams, an Assistant Principal at Lansdowne High School, has helped many students become successful in their education by encouraging them to get involved in extracurricular activities, like sports and after school clubs.
Statistics show that well rounded students are those most sought after by colleges and employers. Many students don’t realize that being involved in extracurricular activities can improve their chances of getting into college or landing a good job. Mrs. Adams says that one benefit from being involved is making bonds and friendships you wouldn’t have made otherwise.
There are academic requirements in most school districts before a student can participate in many clubs or sports. For example, in Baltimore County a student must have at least a 2.0 GPA and they cannot have more than one E if they are to be eligible to participate in sports. According to Mrs. Adams these requirements may be exclude some students who would like to get involved, but at the same time she hopes that the standards help motivate students to improve their academic records. Motivation is key to success.
Mrs. Adams has witnessed many students whose lives and academic careers have vastly improved due to their participation in clubs or sports and interacting with a new group of motivated classmates. Mrs. Adams stated, “We are all awkward but if we all put that aside , it could help us make better friendships and bonds with those that we wouldn’t think to even interact with .“
Getting involved in extracurricular activities can help you to come out of your shell and try something different. Get involved in an extracurricular activity. Do something out of the box, you just might enjoy it. Your involvement affects your future. Make it count!
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