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For the Students

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For the Students

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The Upside of Extracurriculars

Extracur­ric­u­lars impact students in a substan­tially posi­tive way, even with time constraints like team activ­i­ties. In partic­u­lar, many students at Justice High School are involved in the Inter­na­tional Baccalau­re­ate Program. Commit­ment to this course requires extended hours complet­ing class­work at a college level. This is a chal­lenge that can be multi­plied when partic­i­pat­ing in extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties. Balanc­ing college level courses along with extracur­ric­u­lars can be a diffi­cult thing to manage. 

“Students that partic­i­pate in extracur­ric­u­lars even if [they’re] school related or non school related like they have a job, It always impacts them because it takes away from their abil­ity to do extra study time or home­work.” says coun­selor Kimberly Figueroa.

Figueroa also goes on to say that time manage­ment plays a key factor in how students manage their time. As a school coun­selor, Figueroa has hands-on expe­ri­ence with students strug­gling with balance. She believes that time manage­ment plays a key factor in how students manage their time. Senior Colin Thomp­son also agrees that student’s handle orga­ni­za­tion in differ­ent ways, and the students that are able to main­tain a balanced sched­ule are not as nega­tively impacted by extracur­ric­u­lars as one’s who cannot. 

“I think students are extremely impacted by their extracur­ric­u­lars, whether that be in a nega­tive or a posi­tive way. It just depends on how they are able to balance their schedules.”

Thomp­son notes that he thinks that most students go on to have strug­gles with their time manage­ment, stat­ing “I’ve strug­gled at times between my personal life, school, and in my case sports.”

Even with limited time, students still believe that they are posi­tively impacted. Senior Peter Kashyn­ski agrees that although the students are greatly impacted, the posi­tive outweighs the nega­tive. He explains that “other clubs and extracur­ric­u­lars really help define your­self as a person.” 

Many students have the main goal of doing the best they can on college appli­ca­tions. With this goal in mind, students are moti­vated to join activ­i­ties that could better the chances of college admissions. 

Accord­ing to honor​so​ci​ety​.org, “There is a proven corre­la­tion between partic­i­pa­tion in extracur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties and college enroll­ment rates. The skills, expe­ri­ences, and rela­tion­ships gained through these activ­i­ties can enhance students’ appli­ca­tions and increase their chances of secur­ing admis­sion to higher educa­tion institutions.”

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Diego Syar, Business Manager
Diego is a studious journalist from The Verdict who enjoys writing about a vast array of things. He enjoys sports, academics, and school events. The reason he joined was so that he could improve his writing skills and information gathering. This is his second year as a Justice journalist and is excited to write. He enjoys playing many sports that include basketball and running, but used to play seven sports at once.

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