How Extracurricular Activities Help in University and Beyond
A vast majority of AUB students are participating in extracurricular activities, which they consider as motivation in the classroom and beyond.
A 2002 study by the U. S. Department of Education showed students who participate in extracurricular activities are three times more likely to have a grade point average of 3.0 or better than students who do not participate in extracurricular activities.
Hind Hobeika, a 22-year-old mechanical engineer and a graduate of AUB, is a prime example of how extracurricular activities can help with academics.
“Extracurricular activities, especially sports, develop a sense of devotion and dedication,” said Hobeika.
With her creative innovation of “heart rate swimming goggles,” she became one of four young Arabs to win an award for her scientific innovation on the popular Arab TV contest, “Stars of Science.”
“If I weren’t a swimmer, I wouldn’t have had the idea of the goggles! Also I would not have had this light spirit and would have taken defeat and challenges much differently,” she said.
Hobeika said that participating in activities is important when applying for big companies. She said the activities give the CV a “strong look.”
“My membership in the swimming team was my strongest point in my application for Procter and Gamble Germany, and I believe this is the main reason why the company chose me over people with much higher grades.”
Hind said that the activities help students develop stronger social skills because they meet and interact with people and gain an experience that is different from the academic one.
“The activities help me release any negative energy I have, which is very important to study well,” she added.
The activities helped Hobeika develop a strong sense of character.
“Students should not be only book worms,” said Professor Nabil Dajani, the chairperson of the social and behavioral sciences department.
“These activities allow students to develop a critical mind and predict success, he added.”
The president of AUB’s Red Cross Club, Malek Teffaha, is an avid supporter of extracurricular activities.
He said, “These activities motivate me to perform better, although, sometimes I do fall behind on my classes because I have a great responsibility toward the Red Cross Club and its members.”
Michael Oghia, a 22-year-old sociology graduate student at AUB, has a CV that is saturated with extracurricular activities. His enthusiasm about activities is beyond words. He said he would take 18 credits per semester while still taking part in activities.
“They [activities] are vital to the academic experience,” said Oghia.”
Be proactive in any way you choose. Don’t just sit around and think things will be handed to you or you will succeed in life with no effort required. The activities you participate in can improve your self-esteem, image, health, grades, etc., and further open a gateway to things unexpected. 🙂 Get involved!