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Community Service/Extracurricular Compendium [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2005, 14:05
Many students are interested in what is meant by community service in business school applications. I give the usual Hjort caveats on community service

1) Make certain that your interest in these programs is genuine. Opportunistic participation in community service programs will often be obvious to experienced admissions officers and a waste of time.

2) Remember that you are a candidate for business school not for canonization. I have read some community service statements for students that sounded so excessive and even self-congratulatory that it seemed they had dedicated every waking hour to acts of charity (and then recording their great deeds for the benefit of admissions officers).

3) Participate in organizations that truly interest you and to which you can make meaningful contributions. If you are gifted in tax, volunteering for programs that help low income individuals complete their tax return is a perfectly valid volunteer activity.

4) By all means volunteer and help your fellow humanity! Ask yourself a simple test- do you honestly expect to continue working for this charity when you are done with your applications? If you are unsure, you should evaluate your motives carefully. Volunteering is a great thing -just make sure that you are doing it for the right reasons rather than a crass stepping stone to personal wealth.


These links might help:

Arizona State
"Other applicant characteristics of interest to the Committee include public and community service, activities and recognitions; military service; travel experiences; undergraduate extracurricular activities, hobbies, or special aptitudes; and any other indicators of motivation and character."
http://wpcarey.asu.edu/mba/ft/ft_q_a.cfm

University of Michigan
"Background, maturity, interpersonal skills, initiative and leadership as indicated by work experience, activities and community service,
recommendations, essays, and the interview"
http://www.bus.umich.edu/Admissions/Mba/Criteria/

Michigan State
"Background, development, growth potential, maturity, motivation, and leadership as indicated by employment history, record of activities, community service, and letters of recommendation."
http://mba1.bus.msu.edu/admissions/appl ... ctions.cfm

NYU
http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/bs ... sqna13.htm

Washington University
http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/co ... 5_5975.htm
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Relevence of charity work. [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2005, 06:09
What if you don't do any kind of charity or community service? What if you just don't care? [I do care. I'm just asking].

I know some successful people who are great at their work, but do not take part in any kind of community service. I wonder whether business schools generally look for "nice guys".
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2005, 05:02
There are, of course, applicants who are accepted to top cluster schools without any major community service activities. However, this is clearly not the risk averse path for admission to the top schools.

One could make a decent case for these requirements being nongermane. Business schools are for those who want to excel in business, and other programs exist for those who want to commit their lives to humanitarian causes (e.g. degree programs in Social Work). On the other hand, it seems reasonable for future business leaders to show they have diverse interests and that they have experience working with the general community.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2007, 13:11
how do i get started with community service???? I am going to start a job soon but I want to be busy for the time being where should I start???? Esp so it will good on my application to an MBA school.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2007, 10:01
I know many giving fake descriptions of community activities??
Won't the authorities inquire about the validity of the statements present in the application????
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