Looking To The Past: The Importance of Student Activities to Well-Being

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Looking To The Past: The Importance of Student Activities to Well-Being

Students peruse around the fair to find new opportunities.

Students peruse around the fair to find new opportunities.

Emil Liden

Students peruse around the fair to find new opportunities.

Emil Liden

Emil Liden

Students peruse around the fair to find new opportunities.

Liam Borris, Managing Editor, Student Life

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Although the fall semester Activities Fair has come and gone, there are still many opportunities to get involved. Freshmen, if it has not been ingrained into your head enough these past couple of months, and for the rest of the school, getting involved in student activities is vital for a healthy and beneficial high school experience.

As a senior who is looking back on my past three years at Minnetonka High School, I can say that, without a doubt, being involved in various activities (both the ones that I have and have not continued every year) has helped to shape me into who I am today. 

One of the first activities that I actually ever joined was Breezes Newspaper. Back in freshman year, I was actually invited by a First Mate senior named Alia during the Health period that they came in and visited. I was not really sure about joining Breezes, especially because I did not feel strong in my writing. However, not only did Breezes strengthen my writing and expand my vocabulary, it also gave me a sense of belonging. I never considered, nor am I considering, a career in journalism, but I am still thankful to Breezes for giving me a place to feel involved in the school.

During school hours, I have also studied Spanish immersion and Orchestra since elementary school. Both Spanish immersion and Orchestra have consistently been my two elective classes throughout all of high school, so they are where I feel most comfortable. 

Spanish immersion has opened up the opportunity for me to communicate with the world, and Orchestra has opened up the opportunity for me to communicate with the universal language of music. Most of my friendships have been created through Orchestra, and I know that I can always find a friendly face when I walk down to the Arts Center. 

As Claire Acheson, ‘22, puts it: “Orchestra has given me a family and a place where I can be myself and be accepted by everyone.” 

Fellow sophomore Alexandra Wagner also says that “the kids get so close with each other. It feels like a second home.”

Outside of my Orchestra community, Ted Schultz, director of Minnetonka High School activities, emphasizes that student activities give “purpose and meaning” and that they “help students succeed.”

All in all, whether you are new to the school as a freshman, a veteran senior, or anything in between, I strongly advise you to find some aspect of student life in which to participate. My high school experience has been greatly improved by participating in student activities, and I am looking forward to my senior year. Lastly, of course, they look great for college applications, and responsibilities help any student become a leader for a better future.

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