Extracurricular programs give students the opportunity to collaborate and bond with peers who enjoy the same activities as them. As students engage in an activity that they enjoy, they learn about themselves in ways that will promote success in their future education and careers. These opportunities allow students to work with people with a wide variety of personalities, explore their interests together, and constructively influence each other. Because of this, when reviewing applications, western colleges and universities often prefer students who have pursued life-experiences outside of the classroom.