4 US universities with the best extra curriculum activities

 US universities with Curriculum Activities

The proverb “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” has acquired a lot of significance today. This is because today’s kids are told to “Play less and study more!” They are forced to get very high GPAs (Grade Point Averages) or secure very high percentages. The curriculum and syllabus framed is so vast that children don’t get time to pursue their hobbies seriously. Schools and colleges emphasize on students getting good grades and very high marks, all in a bid to get recognition! They are all result oriented. Schools may seem nightmarish because of all the pressure and the anxiety Why burden yourself at such a young age?

Best universities focusing on curricular activities are as follows:

Stanford University, Stanford, California

Stanford currently has 36 varsity sports, 19 club sports and 37 intramural sports—about 800 students participate in intercollegiate sports with an offer of about 300 athletic scholarships. The sports teams are now officially referred to as the “Stanford Cardinal”.

Stanford has had at least one NCAA team champion every year since the 1976–77 school year and has earned 108 NCAA national team titles since its establishment. Stanford has won the award for the top-ranked collegiate athletic program — the NACDA Directors’ Cup, formerly known as the Sears Cup – annually for the past twenty years.  Stanford athletes won 16 medals at the 2012 Summer Games—12 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

The full list of student-run organizations reveals the breadth of students’ engagement with the arts. Performing arts groups in dance, music and theatre allow students to refine and present their skills. Also, student literary publications and student videos offer creative outlets for students to express and share their work.

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Athletics offers varsity teams for women and men as well as numerous club/sports and recreational activities.

● Varsity teams include baseball, basketball, crew, cross-country, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.

● Club teams include aikido, archery, badminton, dance, basketball, bodybuilding, bowling, boxing, cycling, fencing, skating, hapkido, juggling, polo, rugby, Shaolin kempo, Shotokan karate, skiing, soccer, table tennis, tae kwon do, tai chi/kung fu, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and wushu.

Columbia University, New York City, New York

A member institution of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Division I FCS, Columbia fields varsity teams in 29 sports and is a member of the Ivy League. The football Lions play home games at the 17,000 seat- Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium. It includes facilities for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, tennis, track and rowing, as well as the new Campbell Sports Centre opened in January 2013. The basketball, fencing, swimming & diving, volleyball and wrestling programs are based at the Dodge Physical Fitness Centre on the main campus.

Being physically active from a young age can have numerous health benefits at a later stage. It is always good to be ‘on the move’! It boosts metabolism and improves blood circulation. It also improves stamina and mental alertness. It improves the energy levels. Learning to work well and co-ordinate in a team from a young age can be very beneficial.   When you are multi-tasking, you develop better time managerial and prioritizing skills. You will come across many situations where you have to do more than one thing!

By taking part in many extracurricular activities, you will discover and learn new talents. Your strengths, weaknesses and aptitude can be clearly identified.

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