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 [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 16:50
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I know I said one more question but another question just came up. Based on what I've read you shouldn't include extracurricular activities from back in highschool but one of the things that I'm most proud of happened in the summer prior to starting college and I don't know if I should use it.

Back in Honduras, during the summer prior to beginning college I volunteered(well over 125 hours) at a halfway house for homeless kids, it was a real drab place especially since these kinds of homes are completely underfunded by the state. I was involved in painting, cleaning, and just making the place hospitable for these kids. What I'm most proud of though was the fact that I (there were a few other people that raised money as well) approached several big companies back in Honduras in order to raise money for the work. We were able to raise thousands of dollars which in a third world country can do wonders. This was enough to buy paint, cement and furniture(among other things) By the time the summer was over the place looked completely different. I know that this happened a long time ago but it is something that I'm still proud of since it affected so many kids(over a 100, some as young as 5).

Thanks guys, sorry for so many questions(don't want to bother you, especially since you have been so patient reading through all these questions).

You're asking really good questions!

This is one of those exceptions to the rule. You are right I normally discourage discussion of high school experiences, but you have every reason to be proud of this achievement and to discuss it. But in discussing this experience it would best if you show how it was a launching pad for other initiatives. If not quite as spectacular, still showing intiative and leadership.

BTW, as I said earlier, I believe you are a competitive applicant at Harvard and Stanford, especially if you have more achievements and experiences like this.

Good luck!

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 [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 20:56
That's good because I did talk about that experience in my INSEAD application :) I'll also reassess my decision of not applying to Stanford. Linda, thanks to both you and Hjort for all the good advice!

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