There is always an argument that extracurricular activities are not so much important in a youth's life. There comes a point in life when you question whether your daily running, swimming, reading etc is less important your schoolwork (not saying that schoolwork isn't important). You start to question if you even have any time for those extraneous activities and you've already decided they are less important so it doesn't matter, but here's the truth: extracurriculars are very important.

We know as kids today that our social life is as important as our academic ones but at the moment there is so much pressure on us to do well and to attain high grades in school. This constant weight can cause some of us to devolve into these not human creatures always worrying about exams, homework and tests and this restricts our brain from development outside of the classroom. Most of us tend to forget about the world outside of school. 

Studies indicate that extracurricular activities lay a strong foundation for success later in life no matter what you enjoy doing, be it a sport, painting, dancing or anything. Students who participate in these activities are said to have better grades, time management skills and a stronger sense of responsibility and commitment. Furthermore, extracurriculars allows us to be exposed to people with similar interests and a variety of different personalities, therefore, meeting new and exciting people and forming friendships. 

Extracurriculars are credited with improving students’ engagement in school, academic achievement, personal well-being, and beyond. Additionally, participation in extracurricular activities has been shown to relate to lower depression and greater future social competence in younger children. During times of stress and tension caused by the fear that exams manifest in some of us, we need that one activity to hold on to, the thing that keeps us calm and relaxed to reassure us that it's not all bad.

It's never too late to start and you are never too old to learn. Extracurriculars enhance your CV and certain activities could earn you UCAS points, doing these things now will surely benefit you in the future.