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Asked on 26 Feb 2020

Is it wise to devote your time to co-curriculars in University?

I'm afraid that I cannot manage my time well, was wondering if I should use my time in Uni to better myself in this aspect? Or is it too risky? Should I stick to just studying hard and getting a good grade?

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Chiam Min
Chiam Min
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 27 Feb 2020

Find a CCA which you are interested in. You will get to hone many essential skills and be exposed to different kinds of people. Also, CCAs might be a good conversation topic during interviews as Hiring Managers get to see another side of you. However, do learn how to strike a balance between your CCAs and studies.

If you find that you are unable to cope, you may wish to look at how you manage your time. Perhaps you are spending too much time on social media, or going out too often with friends? Find out what is important to you and reduce spending time on unnecessary things and you will find that you can accomplish so much more during a day.

Ultimately, I would advise you to enjoy your university life as it is not all about studying :)

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Darren
Darren, Business Analytics Undergrad at NUS
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 02 May 2020

There's no harm in joining something for one semester - It's not a dichotomy.

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Andy Sim
Andy Sim, HR Professional at a Financial Institution
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 26 Feb 2020

Hi Anon,

It's good to have a balance of co-curriculars vs grades as you'll often find those who have a good balance, they are able to have different insights to things, thus able to present themselves well to the interviewers.

Recruiters will look at the co-curriculars and interests aside from any internship/work experience for a fresh grad since their work experience will be limited. It will give you an advantage if you are able to show what you've learnt from the CCA and how you can use it in the workforce (e.g. leadership, teamwork etc.)

But of course, if you find your grades plummeting because you put in too much time in your CCAs, try to prioritise which one you value and ease on the CCA a little but do not give it up. Or you can try not to take up too many CCAs.

Oh and another good point about CCA...you'll make more friends. Who knows you might find your partner there or someone who can help you in whatever you aspire?

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Yong Kah Hwee
Yong Kah Hwee
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 03 May 2020

Not-so-recent grad here. Just have fun! I would say grades don't matter as much, unless your grades are really bad (below third class honours). I've got friends who got third class honours and are doing pretty well today in terms of salary :)

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Wilson Nid A Break
Wilson Nid A Break
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 02 May 2020

If you dont want your final 4 years of formal education to be just lectures, ppt presentations, mugging, its best to have at least one non-academic activity/passion to pursue.

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It depends on what you are after.

If you are after real-life experience, make friends, and create an impact for the society (depending on which co-curriculars you are in), then go for it.

If you need or want good grades, then focus and ensure that you do not slip off.

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MT2020
MT2020
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 26 Feb 2020

Everybody only has 24 hours, so it is up to you to manage your own time. Its good to have a cca in uni as it is probably the last chance you will get to enjoy yur sch life before you head out in the working world.

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Rais M
Rais M
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 26 Feb 2020

Yes. It is very important to go for CCA in the university. You will get to make more friends, learn more socialisation skills, relax and have fun. It could even recharge you to study better.

We all have 24 hours a day and 168 hours a week. I'm sure you can spare a few hours in a CCA.

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Geraldo L.
Geraldo L.
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 26 Feb 2020

It's always good to have a balance between your studies and personal life, so having 1 or 2 might be beneficial. My take is to try out the co-curriculum activities you're interested in for a period of time and see if you can manage alongside your studies. If you feel that it's affecting your studies, refocus your energy there since getting a good grade should be one of your priorities.

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