When I am interviewing students, I consider their GPA in the context of the other activities they are involved in. In other words, I want to see that the student can balance multiple priorities while still maintaining a high GPA. If a student is actively involved on campus and/or works in addition to their coursework, I value this more than a 4.0 GPA without any other commitments. The specific extracurricular activities matter less to me as everyone's interests are different. Being able to communicate the benefits and skills achieved through those activities is important though. Did they help you learn to collaborate with others? Did you learn to interact with customers and deliver high quality service? Did you learn to balance several varying commitments, prioritize?
Some extracurriculars that I've found that are particularly helpful in achieving that objective are:
- other work experience, particularly during the semester
- study abroad programs
- student clubs
The other suggestion I would make it to not focus on the quantity of extracurriculars, but the quantity. Specifically, instead of joining 5 different groups, join 1 or 2 where you can have leadership positions and communicate the specific impact that you've had.