| 10.21.2016

It’s Lit Final from Bevel on Vimeo.

Last night, I was on Facebook skimming my timeline (read: wasting time) and came across this video of Tuskegee University‘s marching band. Growing up participating in my high school music program, this video resonated with me. Marching band was a big part of my life at a young age, such is the case for many students. I owe a lot of my current friendships and dearest memories to being involved in music and the arts.


Besides being a great stress reliever and an awesome way to meet new friends (some of whom are still great friends of mine today), I was offered music scholarships from multiple universities as did many of my peers. That money really helped because a lot of our families were not able to afford sending us to college without it. It’s a legitimate way to help pay for school. Almost everyone I know that went on to go to college and march for their prospective college received a scholarship. That’s free money.

Being involved can also mean the difference between being accepted and being rejected from your school of choice. It shows your prospective school that you are well-rounded and have a propensity to contribute to something bigger than yourself!  Know that scholarships are not limited to athletes and academics. You can pick up a scholarship doing something you love as well.

Examples include: music, art, football, soccer, chess, drama/theater, debate, math, student government and many more!

Get Involved

So we know why it’s important to be involved in extra-curricular activities. But what advice can we offer to get more students involved? Here’s a start:

  • Jot down your interests and things you want to learn more about
  • Ask your guidance counselor or teachers which activities your school offers
  • Talk to your friends about what clubs they are a part of
  • Don’t be afraid to try more than one activity
  • Start your own club!

What ways are/were you involved in your school extra-curricular programs? Feel free to add to the conversation!

Geoffrey D. from FreeCollegeUniversity

Further reading: Bevel Code | Tuskegee University