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# Application advice in exchange for donation?

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Hi guys,

So during my application process I saw all those admission consultants advertise their services for lots of money. Some people used them. I didn't. I was lucky to have a friend who already went to a top b-school and who was willing to read through my essays and give me some feedback. Well some people are not as fortunate to have friends or family with this background but at the same time they don't want to use admissions consultants (either for ethical reasons or because of the \$). For these people, I had the idea of maybe creating a list of volunteers who are willing to give feedback in exchange for a donation to a non-profit. Here are my questions for you guys: Does something like this already exist? What do you guys think of the idea? Would any admit, current student, or alumni of a top b-school be interested in joining as a volunteer? I made a mock-up website of how this would look like with more information:
http://mbavolunteers.weebly.com/

If you are interested and don't want to answer on the forum then send me a PM please.

Thanks!
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Re: Application advice in exchange for donation? [#permalink]  26 Jan 2008, 10:59
Although I am not in bschool, or qualified to join as a volunteer, I think this is a great idea!!

Best of luck, and I will certainly follow the site!

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Re: Application advice in exchange for donation? [#permalink]  26 Jan 2008, 11:01
Good idea, indeed! Just make sure you follow up with good implementation. All the best.
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Re: Application advice in exchange for donation? [#permalink]  26 Jan 2008, 16:20
Thanks guys for the encouraging words. Maybe the best way to go about this is to contact student ambassadors at MBA programs to find some volunteers. If anybody would like to join in, please let me know!
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Re: Application advice in exchange for donation? [#permalink]  26 Jan 2008, 16:32
I think you might find that once students are in their fist year, it's just too crazy for them to add much on. In general, I mean. The first semester was whack-o for most of us 09ers who are still around. A lot of my friends here felt pretty bowled over. I have friends here who had sweet consulting contracts from former employers but who wouldn't do the work because their time is just SO VALUABLE right now. You might have better luck with early admits who suddenly have all this extra time during the spring.

I do think it's a nice idea.
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Re: Application advice in exchange for donation? [#permalink]  26 Jan 2008, 16:40
nice idea.

Instead of asking for a charitable donation though, your only requirement should be that the students who seek help in 08, for example, help the students in 09.

What you need is a professional team that will do this volunteer work for you. Once you are past your first year, you will find that the subsequent years will slowly become self-sustaining.
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Re: Application advice in exchange for donation? [#permalink]  27 Jan 2008, 12:30
Thanks for the feedback everyone. Yes the idea of having applicants who seek help in 08 also help those in 09 is nice, but I'd fear that the current volunteers would be overrun by requests and then in the next year nobody would return the favor (as mentioned in a previous post, 1st year students are extremely busy).

Maybe this part of the forum is not the best place to look for volunteers since most of us are applicants, but I'm happy to see that the idea is well received.

Thanks again for your input guys! If I succeed in getting a bunch of volunteers I will let you know.
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Re: Application advice in exchange for donation? [#permalink]  31 Jan 2008, 20:25
... just an update: We are three volunteers so far and therefore "live":
http://mbavolunteers.weebly.com
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Re: Application advice in exchange for donation? [#permalink]  01 Sep 2008, 09:39
Sorry to pick up this old thread, but since there seemed to be interest in this idea I wanted to share our new website with the community:
http://www.MBAvolunteers.org
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Re: Application advice in exchange for donation?   [#permalink] 01 Sep 2008, 09:39
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