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The Research Problem I am focusing in on deals with how much of a positive or negative effect participating in extracurricular activities can benefit the participant Ranging from academic achievement in high school and college to helping excel in job careers This literature has been studied before but I am attempting to replicate this study in order to understand if this research is applicable to students participating in athletics While examining this topic I found that involvement in extracurricular activities mainly athletics there were direct positive and negative effects that occurred In the first article I found titled Extracurricular Activities and Academic Achievement the amount of participation in extracurricular activities was positively related to academic achievement In this article analyses was performed separately for African Americans and white students but in my research I am going to stick with students as a whole In most cases academic achievement generalizes to increased achievement in extracurricular activities Getting Involved and Getting Ahead Extracurricular Participation and the Educational Attainment Process deals with whether participation in the extra-curriculum has a positive effect on students plans for post-secondary education Analyses show that involvement in other activities contributes significantly to students post-secondary plans and the step students take toward college enrollment To narrow down this broad topic this article Getting Involved and Getting Ahead Extracurricular Participation and the Educational Attainment Process has findings that imply extracurricular involvement is as beneficial for students in low socioeconomic circumstances as it is if for middle and upper class students Coming for a middle class home myself one of my main goals for partaking in extracurricular activities such as football and track gave me the opportunity to work toward a scholarship for college Having a sister and brother two years younger then I make it difficult for a middle-class home to afford tuition for college Involvement in pro-social activities is linked to positive educational trajectories and low rates of involvement in risky behavior According
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