ACT Sample Essays — Sample Essay 1

Although many teachers and administrators believe that school clubs or sports are a great way to improve students’ social development, the district’s idea of making the graduation requirement of joining a school-sponsored club or sport can create unnecessary conflict in students’ schedules. The addition of a school-sponsored club or sport reduces time students have to dedicate to other extra-curricular activities they may have outside of school, the time they have for their homework and studies, and personal obligations at home or at a job. This would have negative effects on students not only after school, but possibly even academically. The district should not implement the requirement for students to become a part of a school-sponsored club or sport for one season or year in order to graduate.

For many students, the need to join a school-sponsored club or sport would be unnecessary, since a lot of them already are part of extra-curricular activities outside of school. For example, there are students who are into activities such as dance, and they would be taking it after school. So, now they would have an additional club or activity that they must dedicate time to as part of their schedules. This requirement would also be somewhat pointless in this case, since these students would already be socializing in their own clubs or sports outside of school. There are also other students who wish to join clubs and sports that are not sponsored by the school, but might have to give it up due to conflicting schedules. This also makes this graduation requirement unfair since now students are basically forced to join a club that must be school-sponsored in order to graduate.

There are many students who, instead of becoming part of clubs or sports dedicate their time after school to complete their assignments and study for tests. With this additional graduation requirement, students now must take time away from their studies, in order to graduate. It may be hard for students to keep up with extra-curricular activities, along with managing time to do their homework. Being a part of school-sponsored clubs or sports, like any extra-curricular activity adds some level of stress to students. And along with the reduced time students have for their assignments and studies, this could be reflected through the incomplete assignments they may present, or undesirable grades on tests. Although it appears good on college applications that the students have evidence of taking extra-curricular, academically, the grades students receive are more important to colleges than some “social development.”

The addition of a school-sponsored club or sport may interfere with the personal obligations of students after school. Being at school all day, along with having to stay after school for a club or a sport limits time students have to spend with their families. It also limits time students have for any chores or other expected work around the house. There are also students who work jobs after school, so now the requirement to stay after school for a club or sport can either conflict schedules with the student’s job, which could lead to them being fired, or additional stress on students, since they probably won’t get home until late in the evening.

The district should not add the requirement to join a school-sponsored club or sport for one season or year in order to graduate, due to the conflicts it can cause within students’ schedules. Whether it’s a conflicting schedule with other extra-curricular activities students may have outside of school, to limiting time spent on schoolwork and studying, or personal obligations at home or at work, this requirement would add unnecessary stress to students. It would also have negative effects within a student’s daily schedule during and after school. From reducing time students have for other extra-curricular activities, to drawing away academic focus, or interfering with other personal obligations, such as a job, this additional graduation requirement would add unnecessary stress and have other negative effects on students. To join a school-sponsored club should be the student’s decision, not the district’s.