It’s not easy being a student, especially considering everything that’s going on at the moment with COVID-19 and the cost of living crisis, which is hitting university students very hard. If you are a student and find that you have been very stressed out because of these things recently, then you may want to consider signing up for some extracurricular activities. Participating in extracurricular activities can help you to take your mind off of your troubles so that you can burn some stress.
This post will tell you about nine exciting extracurricular activities that are worth considering.
Basketball is a very popular sport, especially among young people. If you are a person who’s interested in basketball, then why not look for youth basketball teams in your area to join? Most teams will require you to have experience in the sport beforehand, so if you don’t then you can always join a beginner’s club. Many beginners’ clubs also have teams attached to them, so when you improve your skills and become better at the sport, you can go ahead and join the team.
Football is a sport that’s equally popular as basketball. There are two types of football, British football, and American football. The former is called soccer in many parts of the world; the latter can be very aggressive. If you are interested in a contact sport that requires physical strength and stamina, then American football’s for you. If you want a sport that relies more on technical skill and agility, then soccer is a better option. Whichever variant of football you choose, you are bound to have fun. Be sure to do your research and join a beginner’s group if you are new to the game.
Kayaking isn’t a sport that you really need a lot of help with. You can buy a kayak and go out on the water alone, and as long as you can swim and have a life jacket, then you will be okay. If you are concerned that you won’t be good at kayaking and are worried about capsizing, even if you can swim, then you may want to join a club. A kayaking club will give you people to learn from, as well as help you to make friends who share your interest in kayaking. Kayaking isn’t a sport that’s especially hard to master, so after a few sessions, you will be a pro.
Rock climbing isn’t easy, that’s for sure. It takes a lot of time to master. If you want to take up rock climbing, then it is strongly advised by most experts that you attend an indoor rock climbing venue first, until you are confident. Trying to climb vertical rock faces outdoors can be very dangerous, especially for beginners. If you are going to do vertical rock climbing outdoors, then be sure to tell your family and friends where you are going so that they can come and look for you if you get hurt or don’t come home on time.
Moving away from sports, chess is a game that’s very enjoyable and can help you to boost your intelligence. If you are a person who inclines more toward intellectual activities than sports, then chess will be for you. You can join a chess club, where you can learn to play. With that said, it’s often a good idea to do a little bit of research yourself and learn the game’s basics through online video tutorials and books first. Most chess clubs will be more than happy to cater to beginners, but it will just slow down your progress.
Reading clubs are a lot of fun if you are a fan of literature. Nearly all schools and colleges have reading clubs that you can join. An alternative to a school or college-based reading club is one that’s open to all people in your local community. This kind of reading club won’t be a youth club, but young people will be able to join. If you plan on joining one of these clubs, then you do need to make sure that you participate and get as involved as possible. Don’t feel as though you can’t participate because you’re younger than other members.
Rambling is essentially just walking long distances. It’s a lot of fun, and you don’t need to be a member of a club to do it. Whether you live in a city or village, you will be able to find rambling trails. The best rambling trails are ones that feature historical monuments and landmarks. Make sure to meticulously plan out your route when you are going rambling, so that you can see as much as there is for you to see, and so that you know how you are going to get home when your walk is over.
Urban exploration is a lot of fun; it’s not too dissimilar from rambling. Generally speaking, rambling is the act of walking around in the countryside, whereas urban exploration is walking around cities and urban areas, looking for landmarks and monuments. Rambling also tends to be more historically orientated, meaning people are looking for sites of historical significance. Urban exploration is more geared toward looking for cool architecture and interesting spots. If you live in a city, you can still go rambling, though you may want to try out urban exploration instead. It’s worth noting that there are rambling and urban exploration clubs that you can join.
Lastly, if you are interested in the finer things in life, then you could join an art society. There are many different types of art societies for you to join, from societies centered around museums to ones focused on music. Whatever society you join, make sure that it’s a subject that you are interested in. You may have to pay a membership fee to join an art society, but membership of one usually means that you are given access to events and days out for a discounted rate, or for free.
Just because you’re a student, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have an exciting life outside of education. The suggestions made in this post are all things for you to consider and can be participated in by anybody, regardless of age.