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Extracurricular activities are nonacademic activities beyond academic courses such as sports, creative arts, and performing arts. Generally, such activities are voluntary. Extra-curricular activities are non-paying, social, philanthropic, and involve others of the same age. Students often organize and direct these activities under faculty sponsorship. Student-led initiatives are also common. Most of the extracurricular activities, such as the school newspaper, photography, and drama, lead to careers.
Participating in extracurricular activities helps a student in looking good on college and job applications and shows admissions officers and employers that the person is well-rounded and responsible.