However, in many higher educations institution admissions do consider the extracurricular activities essential in creating the "well rounded student." For instance, medical school, requires the inclusion of not only science, but also research, arts, sports, etc. That's why there are so many of the "pre-med junkies" running around trying to everything.
The social value of creating this mindset for high school students for college is not completely "unproductive." It sounds good at first, having students think ahead in life, but... (read more)