If you were in the high school chess club, or the yearbook club, or the debate club - good on ya. According to a new study by an economics professor at Cleveland State University, you're probably bringing home a significantly higher pay cheque than kids who were literally too cool for school.
Of course, we've always known that extracurricular activities can help students develop social skills, this study suggests there's a financial benefit later in life. The study followed 5,000 Americans who were involved in after-school projects, teams and clubs. As adults, they ended up earning salaries 11.8 per cent higher than people who didn't take part in extra activities. The study also discovered that these people are more likely to end up in supervisory roles in their careers, probably because students who engage in extracurricular activities learn to manage tasks and people, in an organized setting.
This research is especially important because when governments look to cut education costs, one of the first things to go is often extracurricular activities in school.