Positives for students who get involved

As John F. Kennedy once famously quoted, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” So I ask students in Fairbury High School, ask not what your school can do for you, ask what you can do for your school.

Currently Fairbury High School offers 27 different student organizations or athletic teams. It seems that there are an unlimited amount opportunities for students to get involved. The question now is, with so many opportunities, why aren’t people getting involved in athletics and organizations?

According to www.nextstepu.com there are several benefits to getting involved in extracurricular activities. Colleges look for students who have a solid work ethic. One of the ways to have work ethic noticed is by joining extracurricular activities.

I understand that people have other obligations besides school, but with all of these organizations there is something for everyone’s interests. Student organizations in FHS range in interests from FFA to Energizers and FBLA to Spanish Club.

When choosing an activity or sport, it is important to join a club that is interesting according to www.nextstepu.com. It is easier to get involved in an activity when it is something that can be felt strongly about.

Fairbury High School has done a great job of offering activities to accommodate everyone’s interest. Clubs range from agriculture based to Spanish Club, so there is no reason for not joining a club simply because it is not interesting. It is simply just a matter of getting people involved in these activities.

Another benefit of being involved in extracurricular activities is the learning of time management and prioritizing what needs to be done. These are valuable lessons that can be used later in life.

The only drawback to being involved in activities is that, it is time consuming. Being involved with clubs or in athletics takes up quite a bit of time after school. But with all of the benefits, putting a little time into an organization seems a small price to pay.

When I walk down the hall I see a lot of untapped potential. If everyone would get involved in just one activity the change would be astronomical. FHS offers something for everyone, so why not get involved? Fairbury would be more competitive in extracurricular activities if we could just get people involved.