Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? At universities and colleges, sports and social activities are just as important as classes and libraries and should receive equal financial support. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Some people argue that sports and social activites have equal importance to classes and libraries. They also claim that they should receive equal financial support. Personally, I strongly agree with these people. I feel this way for two main specific reasons that I will go deeper into in this essay. First of all, sports and social activities are crucial for students to improve their overall health. For example, the obvious effect of sports on students is that they improve their physicality and help qualify them for certain jobs. Jobs that require intense physical activity are the first to come to mind when thinking of such markets that could benefit from this. In addition to that, social activities improve students' mental health. This is best demonstrated in recent studies that prove that communication between university students is integral for them to do better both in their studies and in their daily lives. In contrast, if students hadn't had sports nor social activities in universities, they wouldn't have had the chance to vent out their suppressed emotions through training or through social interactions. These effects on both physical and mental health help a student grow as a person as well as an academic. This personal growth can be very important for students' social and daily lives. Second of all, sports and social activities help students grow their social network, and get to interact with different people, both in their field and off it. Such network and connections can be as important as technical skills or knowledge. This can improve students' chances of getting jobs as well as the ability to have different soft skills such as communication skills and the ability to negotiate. These types of skills are very crucial in today's rapidly changing markets. For example, although looking for a job can be very challenging for fresh graduates, students get to know a lot more about the market and establish their own network of relations to improve their cahnces of getting jobs. Had the students learned such skills during university, they'd be much more prepared for the market early on. In contrast, in Japan they have a hiring policy of hiring fresh graduates right away. Students who didn't have a chance to grow such soft skills and getting hired right away means that they find it very challenging to acquire such skills. This leads to many workers staying in the same company for the rest of their career. In short, the ability for students to develop themselves on a personal level is greatly helped by such social activities and sporting venues. In conclusion, sports and social activities for students can have as big and important impact as the lectures and libraries. The impact of these is very important because they both grow a different set of skills in each students. Such importance means that they should be getting more attention and financial support.
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