I have a lot of extracurriculars - ie. several years of student government activities.
However, my record in terms of volunteering is spotty.
Will my extracurricular student government make up for teh fact that I have not done the typical community service activities like volunteering at a shelter, or teaching a child.. etc etc.
If you are only a year or two out of college then your extracurricular record, especially if your impact in it was high, will compensate to some extent for lack of community leadership since graduation. But it will only compensate partially and only if you're a year or two out. Are extracurriculars the same as community? No, the latter has more of a "social impact"/"helping others" flavor; extracurric's can be hobbies and sports, etc. (See "Why Is Community Service Important?"
) But schools don't necessarily require that your post-undergraduate non-work experiences be only community or "giving back" type activities. If you have few traditional charity/volunteer experiences but show pronounced leadership in an activity that you're passionate about (especially if that activity is a little off the beaten path) then you'll be fine at most schools.
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