How to help students choose the right extra-curricular activity

“Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express!”Brenda Ueland

It is commonly acknowledged that everyone possesses talents, but only a few realise their full potential. Our role as society, educators, parents, or guardians is to help the younger generation discover their talent and nurture it.

How can we achieve this?

Initially, it is important to understand the child’s interests. Having open conversations with the child about their interests, hobbies, and passions helps us in choosing the right extra- curricular activity for them, that aligns with a child’s natural tendencies.

For older children, keeping a journal of daily activities and interests helps identify passions and areas of disinterest. Encouraging children to engage in various extra-curricular activities such as art, sports, music, or science aids in identifying their strengths and narrowing down choices for a more fulfilling experience.

It is also essential that children (or parents) look into the personality traits for pursuing extra-curricular activities. For example, children with good oratory skills can go for drama, MUN, etc.

Seek opportunities by attending open houses, workshops, or trial sessions for different clubs and organisations. This exposure will allow them to make an informed decision based on firsthand experiences.

Children should consider the level of commitment toward the activity they choose. Some activities, like team sports or music lessons, may demand regular practice and participation. The child should be willing to commit to the time and effort required for the chosen activity.

Educators often have valuable insights into a child's abilities and interests, and their recommendations can help guide the decision-making process.

Lastly, children should be involved in peer interaction. Peer perspectives can offer valuable insights and help the child feel more comfortable about their choice.

Choosing the right extra-curricular activity is a collaborative effort involving parents, teachers, and the students themselves. By considering the child's interests, skills, and personality traits, and by providing them with the opportunity to explore various options, we can help them embark on a fulfilling journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

In conclusion, I'd like to leave students with the following thought: "Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God!"