Author(s): Godswill Okafor Onwuka, Ogunniran Moses Oladele, Zhou Zuoyu
The study investigated the experiences of students’ participation in extracurricular activities in the University of Cape Coast. We adopted the explanatory mixed method design with interview and questionnaire administration to examine the experiences of students’ participation in extracurricular activities on campus. Using the purposive and simple random sampling techniques, 110 respondents constituting 100 students and 10 first, second and third year students were selected for an interview and in-depth study. The study found that the experiences associated with students’ engagement in extracurricular activities are as a result of socialization, time management, high self-esteem, school bonding, releases stress etc. Again, time consuming, poor academic performance, less communication, money consuming, were some of the disadvantages associated with students’ engagement in extracurricular activities. However, the findings of this study gave stakeholders in education new insights into emerging issues on extracurricular activities and influence the Ministry of Education on policy formulation.