The holidays are coming to an end and for most of you, this will signify the beginning of a new phase in your life as Poly is starting! As with any new venture, there will definitely be many questions you will face along the way. While you navigate the sea of uncertainty, one dilemma that most of us will likely face is whether or not to join a CCA in poly. Making such a huge decision can be confusing and stressful. As a graduating poly student, here are my top 5 reasons why you should join a CCA in Poly!

#1: Make New Friends


CCAs expands your social circle beyond the classroom and exposes you to a new group of people that share similar interests as you. 


Making friends that share similar interests as you often results in longer lasting friendships with stronger bonds compared to friendships forged in the classroom.


Friends play a huge part in your Poly life as they are the ones who you would be spending most of your time with. Friends are also the ones who would be there to lend a helping hand in times of need and they also help us deal with stress and make better lifestyle choices that keep us strong. During exam periods when stress levels are high, we can count on our close friends to be there to provide moral support.


#2: Time Management


One essential skill to have in Poly is time management. With the never ending load of group projects and assignments being thrown at you, topped with exams and tests that you have to study for, one is bound to feel that there is not enough time to complete everything. Thus, the key to doing well is good time management. 


CCA usually takes place after school hours and usually runs from 2 to 3 times a week and requires long-term commitment from students. This is where good time management skills come into play as you would be exposed to decision making on the best way to balance school work and your CCA. 


Students participating in CCA’s learn to manage their time effectively and learn to juggle different commitments. 


#3: Portfolio


Having a CCA can help boost your portfolio and can accumulate points that help with your university application after graduation. Furthermore, with a good CCA record and a good GPA, the chances are of you being accepted to a university of your choice increases. In conclusion, having a CCA will make your portfolio stand out and give you an edge over competition, especially if you are interested in pursuing a university education after poly.


#4: Exploring Interest


Polytechnics offer a wide range and variety of CCA options for students to choose from based on their interest and personal preferences.


Ranging from sports to the performing arts and beyond, there are limitless opportunities for students to discover their interests and help them in their journey of self-development.


Personally, I did not know what my interests were when I was looking for a CCA during my poly years. After much consideration, I decided to join an event planning CCA and through this experience, I discovered that I had a passion for helping people though community events. I was also in Basketball which inculcated values such as teamwork and commitment.


#5: Better results


Students who do a good job of balancing their studies and their CCA often have better grades in the classroom. This is because they are able to plan their time properly and prioritise important things.


Studies have also shown that participating in extracurricular activities can lead to an increase in brain function, which could lead to higher grades. By participating in activities that interest you, a positive attitude towards school could be cultivated. As a result, students could be more motivated to do well in school. 


Furthermore, CCA instills value such as self-responsibility and equality in us which aligns to the values that co-operative demonstrates on a daily basis.


This article was brought to you by Adrian How Jian Yang who is currently interning in SNCF. He is in his third year of his polytechnic education and is pursuing a diploma in Business and Social Enterprise at Ngee Ann polytechnic. He likes to play basketball, travel and enjoys spending time with his dog.