Answer the following questions to check if the CCA you have in mind is suitable for you!
“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” During Nationals, it is common for trainings to pack your schedule. However, with passion, it is definitely easier to persevere through these demanding sessions. Furthermore, CCA sessions can be seen as a good respite from long studying hours, acting as a much-needed stress reliever.
It is essential to know your limits and whether you are able to juggle your various commitments. (Not only do you have to participate sufficiently in your CCA but also perhaps take on research opportunities and 3rd language). You should also know your priorities – are you able to accept the possibility that as you become more actively involved in your CCA, your grades might suffer a little? However, you may also want to note that being actively involved in your CCA does help with university applications. University applications do care about your grades but they focus on more holistic aspects as well (e.g. Aptitude-based admissions)!
Time management is arguably one of the most important skills in JC. With a heavy commitment level, are you able to plan your time properly so that it will not adversely affect your grades and relationships? If you were unable to plan your time efficiently before, are you willing to take the steps to polish your time management skills?
Risk of Getting Injured
You should also consider the severity of injury that is common for that sport and the possible consequences that come after. It is very common to hear of seniors experiencing long-term side effects after getting injured during training sessions. It is also worth thinking about the downtime and the inconveniences the injury may bring about. However, some risks are worth taking. Instead of limiting yourself to your comfort zone, we encourage you to take a leap of faith and consider preventive measures to lower the risk of getting injured.
External Venue and Distance (from house, from school)
You should consider distance when choosing a CCA. Long travelling journeys can drain your energy and it may be very counterproductive. Even more so if the journey involves multiple transfers! CCAs normally start at about 3pm and end around 6pm. If the external venue is far from your school, you might only reach home nearing 8pm. Your journey home might take even longer considering the jam that occurs during peak hours. It is likely that your energy level will be low by the time you reach home, shower, finish dinner, but you still have to push through to finish your homework and revision. Will you be able to cope with this level of intensity for 1.5 years?
GO FOR TRIALS! IF YOU NEVER TRY, YOU’LL NEVER KNOW
WE HOPE THAT YOU CAN FIND A CCA THAT YOU LOVE AND TRULY ENJOY! 🙂