The Houston Academy for International Studies has a lot of clubs and extracurricular activities for students to choose from. Each Wednesday, after choosing what we want to participate in, we have a period where we go to our chosen activity. We stay there for about an hour and it is very relaxing because it's like a little break from the hustle of everyday school life. The three top extracurricular activities I would recommend are Debate, Model United Nations, and Student Council. Debate is an excellent thing for students to get involved in. It teaches them speech and communication skills while they're competing and enjoying themselves. Houston Academy for International Studies debate team is the number one team in the Houston Independent School District. I participated in this debate team and in total our schools team brought back 8 first place teams and 4 second place teams. Our school is known as "the team to beat" whenever we go to debate tournaments. We always score very high and end up advancing to the next round. Not just winning, but a lot of students who used to be scared to talk in front of people end up winning awards for good speech at debate tournaments. So, even if someone doesn't think debate would be the club for them they should give it a shot anyway. My school has the top debate team in the district, and you don't have to already know how to debate when you enter the club. Our teacher will teach you how to be a good debater and how to win. While competing you're also learning how to be a good speaker which will help you later in life. Model United Nations is another great club at our school. It teaches students how the UN conferences are and how the world comes together to solve global issues. Our teacher will assign you a country and you have to research your country while writing papers on a specific issue. For example someone is assigned Mexico and they have to write a paper about how their country will take action to stop sex trafficking. Its a great program to be in. I participated in it for my freshman and sophomore year. We went to MUN conferences and had to write a position paper to present to in front of our assigned committee. We went to San Antonio, conferences in Houston, and we even went to New York City and got to have an MUN conference at the actual building where Model United Nations have conferences. We got to sit in the chairs where world leaders once sat and stand where Obama once stood. It was a fantastic and very rewarding experience considering not many people get to actually enter the MUN building and only a few selected high schools get to participate in this event. So I would definitely recommend MUN as an extracurricular activity. Third and finally, I would recommend student council. It looks great on college applications and is a very exciting club to participate in. Two chosen students represent their grade level for student council and everyone learns to work together to resolve issues or make decisions.