Academic Activity are those that fall outside the realm of the normal curriculum of school education, performed by students. Extracurricular activities exist for all students. And generally, volunteer activities aren't always extracurricular activities. Such activities are generally voluntary (as opposed to mandatory), non-paying, social, philanthropic (as opposed to scholastic), and often involve others of the same age. Students often organize and direct these activities under faculty sponsorship, although student-led initiatives, such as independent newspapers, are common.