Sports and Extracurricular Activities
It is important to be a balanced individual. For yourself. For college applications. For your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Start in junior high school. If you choose a sport that you like, and have even a tiny bit of talent, and practice and develop that talent, you’ll likely find success and satisfaction on a Varsity team. Even if not, you can still participate in sports, just for fun – not for competition (like intramural sports). The reason sports are important is they keep you body fit. People who maintain a healthy lifestyle as young adults with exercise will have an easier time doing exercise and being fit for life.
Also, sports and physical activity helps balance your hormones and emotions, helps ease pain, lifts your mood, and helps your body feel better. Team sports allows you to participate in teamwork, have a larger friend group, and distracts from the need to participate in the petty high-school drama that exists. Boys will find you more attractive if you are athletic and fit. They will come watch your matches and will more likely respect you as a person. You will get to experience traveling around to different schools in competition. And, you just might win!
Choosing one sport for 2 of the three seasons is a great decision. That way you keep your options open and don’t box yourself into one sport, but you’re not over extending, trying to master 2 different skill-sets.
Also, it’s a good idea to find some time to do something more cerebral as an extracurricular activity. Even baby-sitting, working an after school job, being a tutor, intermittent community service, book-clubs, things like that will help round out your experience, help you meet and hang out with like-minded people, and distract you from being pulled into boredom, depression, and trouble.