Education: Extracurricular Activities

2653 Words Jan 26th, 2018 11 Pages
I chose to conduct my I-Search paper on the topic of how extracurricular activities affect students’ academic success. I believe that it is my participation in extracurricular activities that led me to be successful in middle school, high school, and college. When I was in middle and early high school, my home life was not ideal. My father physically abused my mother and he mentally abused me. To avoid the after-school hours where I would have to be home alone with my father, where I was treated as a servant and received put down after put down, I turned to extracurricular activities. They were my outlets to escape the harsh reality of home. I had my extracurricular schedule mapped out perfectly. On some days of the week I had to be at school early for club meetings and every day of the week I had an activity after-school where I would stay until my mom got off work and she could pick me up to take me to either dance or violin lessons. As a middle schooler I was putting in days that would last from seven o’clock in the morning to nine o’clock at night. For me, extracurricular activities were an opportunity to build friendships, gain more skills, and acquire items for my resume because I was determined at a young age that I was going to go to college…
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