I hear a lot of you saying already, “but I’m not good at sport”. Well don’t worry, you don’t have to be*.
So why should you keep Rowing or playing Netball at School when all of your friends have more time to study (or hang out with friends)? Here are my top six** reasons (note: most of these apply to any extracurricular activity i.e. playing an instrument, school drama, debating):
Being busy during years 11 and 12 will make you work and study more efficiently. You will stop procrastinating (i.e. log off Facebook), draw out study schedules (seriously – the best tool) and simply maximise your time.
Want to work better in teams? Play a sport. Want to develop leadership skills? Play a sport. Want to be more competitive? Play a sport. Want to develop your communication abilities? Play a sport. Okay you get the gist.
If you do your research***, you will find there are a very diverse array of scholarships that exist – whether this is at University or in some Corporate Firms. Playing some kind of sport is a huge differentiator and a big selling point.
Want to demonstrate your committed, dedicated, a leader, organised or passionate (just to name a few)? Playing a sport is a great way to exemplify this (and talk about it) in a CV and a cover letter. Want to know more about your cover letter and CV – click here.
The question is, “when have you demonstrated leadership or met a challenge?” Your answer is, “insert relevant sporting experience”. Flesh out the details (especially if it was a competitive situation), talk about how you handled it – all of this in the context of your sporting experience.
Health and Wellbeing:
Unfortunately the whole ‘studying/working’ thing must be done stationary and most of the times, inside. Sport is the BEST stress reliever and a great way to clear your head. Break up your study with a run, game of sport and switch off your mind from the task you were currently completing – you will come back with a fresh perspective and a whole lot more focus!
*Simply playing sport gives you the ability to improve the traits/skills identified. Plus sport is a great way to stay healthy and meet friends (sorry that was lame I know). BUT If you are good at sport and want to combine it with your schooling/University, read this. I have a little bit of experience in this.
**Why 6 you say? Because I had more than 5 but 10 was too long. No scientific reason.