Extra-Curricular Activities Now 'More Important' to University Applications by: Jack Grove
"When asked what type of extra-curricular activities add value to a student's personal statement, 92 per cent mention work experience and 68 per cent say regular volunteering." This quote mentions how some people believe it helps add to their personal statement.
"Some heads of admissions say they have placed more value on extra-curricular activities because predicted A-level grades are not always reliable, while others say they help to distinguish between applicants with identical predicted grades." This quote represents how being in extra-curricular activities can help separate those students who actually make good grades and try rather than the people who are just getting by.
I also agree when they say "they have placed more value on activities because predicted A-level grades are not always reliable" because many people that don't participate in activities don't really care if they pass or not. Those of us who are in activities, our motivation to keep participating in them is to pass all of our classes, which will make us try harder than those who don't.