There’s Co-Curriculum in Uni?

If you thought co-curriculum activities ended in High School, you’ll have to brace yourself and think again. Varsity life may make you think you’re too old for anything that is considered co-curriculum, in fact, you might even think you’re too cool for the word, but co-curriculum simply means activities apart from the academic curriculum you’ve signed up for in University. 


The Definition of Co-Curriculum

Higher learning institutions thrive on this aspect of education mainly because it is the one area that allows its students to grow and mature interpersonally. Co-curriculum activities are also known as extracurricular activities. These are activities that fall outside the scope of your regular curriculum. Completing extracurricular activities means you are going above and beyond your school requirements. However, simply playing soccer with your friends on the weekends for fun isn’t actually an extracurricular activity, even though it has nothing to do with school.


Co-curricular activities require a regular time commitment and initiative such as being on a sports team, forming a student editorial board, playing the flute in the local orchestra or taking a course on robotics. Notice the difference? Now let’s get into the importance of extracurricular activities.


While being in class would usually mean you interacting with your course mates and lecturers alone, co-curriculum activities allows you to meet students from other faculties and promote inter-faculty unity and respect. This is in fact a form of skill learning – the ability to communicate, and work together with people of various ethnicity and background thus promoting also inter-cultural unity and respect. 


Benefits of Co-Curriculum

Improves Academic Performance

As surprising as this might sound, the worry that you may not have enough time for studies and co-curriculum is one you’d need to throw out the window. Some students worry that participating in extracurriculars may take away too much time from their schoolwork, thus hurting their grades; however, extracurricular activities can actually improve your grades and your outlook on school in general!

Studies have shown that participating in activities you are passionate about can increase your brain function, concentration and time management - all of which can contribute to better grades. High endurance sports, for instance, will train you to focus and build stamina in the face of intense difficulty. This gives you an advantage when it comes to studying and taking exams. 


Explore Interests and Create Broader Perspectives

When you participate in multiple different activities, you’ll get the opportunity to explore a range of interests and unlock passions you never knew you had! Diversifying your interests can also broaden your world view. Think about it this way: if you join the chess club, you would be one to mentally strategize your next course of action, you’d be alert. If you joined the history club, you’d see news and stories in a different perspective. You’ll begin to question intellectually, and most times even build moral ethics which may not have been so strongly tapped into in your days back in school. As your objectives and aims in life matures while being in University, your approach and acceptance too goes on a different compass. 


Higher Self-esteem

The more you achieve success through activities you’re passionate about, the more your self-confidence will increase. Studies have shown that once your confidence improves, you’ll be more open to taking risks in all aspects of your life. Since you’ll be meeting and working side-by-side with people of different backgrounds, you’ll learn to believe in yourself and your team as you achieve the objectives of your society and club that you signed up for. 


Social Opportunities

Honestly, making friends can be hard but one of the easiest ways to make friends is through extracurricular activities! While the orientation programme allows you to break the ice, often we humans need constant interaction to sustain friendships. Engaging in co-curriculum provides you with another opportunity to expand your social network, which will also come in handy when you’re looking for a job – networking! Your social opportunities can also lead you to making an impact on your community through community works and volunteered services. 


Life Skills

On top of all of the benefits of extracurricular activities we already talked about, one of the greatest advantages extracurricular activities give you are “real world” skills.

These skills include goal setting, teamwork, time management, prioritisation, problem solving, analytical thinking, leadership, public speaking and much more. 


So with the upcoming Club and Society Day being held by Linton’s Student Affairs Department, make a point to go check out the booths that would be displayed in the lobby and make your choice of which team you’d like to work with and grow while in varsity. 

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