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Extracurricular activities: The afterschool connection

Extracurricular involvement is a great way to have fun and form friendships. But afterschool activities might also lead to after-school benefits.

Academics are the focus of high school and college. But for many students, participation in activities outside the classroom is what they enjoy the most.

Athletics, clubs, and other extracurricular activities have benefits beyond the enjoyment they provide. These pursuits assist students in developing personally, socially, and intellectually. They might even help students to advance their academic and professional goals.

These pages highlight extracurricular activities that are often available at the high school and college level. The article describes the general benefits of participating in extracurricular activities, discusses some of these activities and the advantages they offer to participants, and provides suggestions for finding more information. A box describes some activities that are integrated with academic programs instead of supplementing them.

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Last Updated: April 16, 2009