I Agree with the Principal's Decision of Making Extracurricular Activities Mandatory

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Almost every student, at one point, has participated or will participate in an extracurricular activity, whether it be athletic, academic, artistic, or altruistic. Through these activities, students learn valuable life skills and build friendships that last a lifetime. However, a large amount of students do not receive these numerous benefits as they do not participate in extracurricular activities. For this reason, the principal has decided to mandate at least one extracurricular activity for all students. I strongly agree with this decision because extracurricular activities increase academic performance, keep students out of trouble and improve social and mental health. First and foremost, extracurricular activities increase academic…show more content…
For example, students are less likely to use drugs and controlled substances, because they realize that they won’t be able to participate in extracurriculars that they enjoy if they were to use drugs. Especially in athletic competitions, students who use drugs are immediately disqualified, and since most student athletes want to compete, they will refrain from engaging in such detrimental acts. In addition, students who participate in extracurricular activities are less likely to join gangs and take part in gang-related actions, because they have made true friends in their after-school activities that actually care about the student’s well-being. Lastly, extracurricular activities improve the social and mental health of students. Through these after-school endeavors, students are able to make friends with people who share interests and find the same hobbies interesting, and often, these friendships are the most long-lasting. These friendships are not only beneficial to a students’ social well-being, but also to their mental health. In addition, kids not in safe environments at home are provided by a safe environment at school for after-school activities. For example, if

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