This is part 2 of the MCNC’s Online Pocket Guide to Co-Curriculars – “the good, the bad, the ugly…”
- Part 1: Co-Curricular Expo
- Part 2: WHY you should make an effort to join Co-Curriculars at Macleans
- Part 3: Co-Curricular Showcase: Anime Club, Lion Dance, Orienteering, Fencing Club, Barbershop Girls’ Chorus, Book Club, Interact Club, Juggling Club
- Part 4: Service Expo – How you can get involved!
Co-Curricular activities are the biggest part of student life outside of the academic curriculum at Macleans College. School principals, house leaders and form teachers have all been nagging you since the beginning of year nine to make the most of the enormous range of opportunities available to you. However, would it help if we all took a step back, and reflect on why we actually do co-curriculars?
1. To all new students! The entire school network and population is so much bigger than the mere number of people you meet in your classes and around your house. Interactions through common interests often create the strongest friendship bonds – some of them are for life. Also, you will meet a variety of people, improving your interpersonal skills, a lifelong skill you will need in the future. Personally, I have met so many new people around the school through co-curriculars and have formed life-long bonds with them.
2. Co-curriculars are almost essential for your university application or your CV. Nowadays, top international universities like Harvard, Princeton, Oxford and Cambridge look for people who are not just academically capable but involve themselves in a wide range of co-curricular activities—a ‘well-rounded’ student. Job employers look for details in your CV that tell them what you are capable of, often through co-curriculars. And of course, within school, teachers and house leaders mainly look at your co-curricular activities when choosing for peer support, prefects and other leadership roles.
3. You get the best chance to improve your self-skills, whether it’s cultural, sport or service! You also are able to improve your leadership skills, especially if you excel in the co-curricular you partake in. From this, you can build relationships of trust with your teachers and provide them with support which can be very useful for improving your social skills among many others.
4. They’re FUN! In a way, co-curriculars are most likely the main thing contributing to having fun at school!
Now that you know are enlightened in the crucial benefits of co-curriculars, get out there and experience it for yourself if you haven’t already!
Written by: Wayne Zhou. Edited by: Zachary Wong