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Clubs, Associations, Extracurriculars; how many is too many? [#permalink]
09 Jun 2007, 22:33
Having a real difficult time trying to balance extracurricular committments. Tentatively eyeballing at least partial participation in most, if not all of the following:
Entrepreneur and Innovation Club
Global Business Association
Challenge for Charity (kinda required for all UWers)
MBA Huddle - Husky Football Tailgate
Business Communications Club
Whistler Ski and Snowboard Club
Pet Lovers Club
Japan External Trade Association
Since our school grades on a 3.0~4.0 curve, academics are slightly deemphasized and we are expected (more like instructed) to participate in at least 3~4 clubs. One current student even told me that if you are pressed between missing a class and a club meeting, choose the former.
Problem is, there are way too many attractive options to select from. I recall reading somewhere that HBS and Wharton have something like 150 active clubs. Anybody else facing a similiar dilemma??
I think it's hard to think very concretely about this now. Get to campus, get yourself on some lists, and then find out what's worthwhile. It could be that the president of the wine club is a total douchebag and you don't want to go anywhere near the group. Or maybe the Communications club doesn't actually DO anything. And something that sounded lame from the website might be totally awesome in reality.
It's going to be tough to balance, but I plan on being in 3 clubs (2 academic, 1 social), a couple of IM Sports, and community work- most likely habitat for humanity. I want to meet as many people as possible and network. Class will be a lot of work, but i'm not to worried about it. From what alumni and current students say; b-school is more about networking than anything.
I've been told over and over again by students and alumni that the following process takes place inevitably year after year:
1) Student gets "involved" (writes down his e-mail on the communications list) in a lot of clubs. Probably about 10 - 15, with as much as 3 or 4 sports ones, 3 or 4 social ones, and then a good number of professional ones.
2) Student does not have time to be actively involved in all those clubs, so at some clubs he/she just stays informed of what's going on through the e-mail lists and at others he/she becomes more involved.
3) Student narrows down his/her career targets and remains actively involved in 1 or 2 (at the most) professional clubs.
4) Student figures out that the rugby/soccer/sailing and rowing clubs have conflicting schedules and chooses the one which he or she likes the most and drops the rest.
5) Student figures out that he or she does not have time to be involved in the Latino, Latin - American, Texas and Asian Clubs and focuses on the one which throws the best parties or which provides the best food.
6) Student finally narrows down the number of clubs to a manageable amount of -about- 4 to 5.
I don't expect to be above this pattern. I will subscribe to a lot of clubs and narrow it down later. I'll rather "test-drive" the clubs than be involved in too few of them and be stuck with them. I voted 4 as my final "steady state" number of clubs, but I will start with more than those.