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GMAT Application: Improving Extracurriculars [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2011, 08:30
Hi all,

I am new to the GMAT Club, and so far I am loving this resource.

My issue/question is as follows:

Recently I have changed my career plans from law towards pursuing an MBA and ultimately landing a job in consulting.

I have about 2 years of work experience -- 1 year in small law firm, ~1 year in major financial institution as financial planner.

Aside from scoring well on the GMAT, I wish to pursue extracurriculars that will help me stand out on my application.

I have always been a natural leader. I grew up playing catcher in baseball and continued to do so for many years. In many social situations I assume the role of leader and so was the case in college a few years back when we were asked to do group projects.

My dilemma is: I don't think talking about being a catcher for many years will be a great example of leadership and I am confident adcomms don't want to here about how I got a group of guys to go to Wendy's over Burger King. Yeah, I assumed the role of leader on group projects in college but from an adcomm perspective I haven't done anything that would make one go "wow, that is a sign of a leader."

I have been considering NGOs and would ideally like to participate in one for several months before my application. Problem is, they are often expensive and time is not on my side when undergraduate loans are knocking on the door.

I am looking to generate some ideas with the help of this board for some extracurricular activities that will help highlight my leadership capability. If there is a valuable link or other resource, please link it!

Thanks so much in advance!

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Hi DJK. Thank you for starting a great post.

If you are looking to gain a robust pre-MBA experience that will help you to answer the common b-school application question, "Please indicate other extra-curricular activities, internships or voluntary work relevant for Admissions," then consider participating in our USA Leadership Corps professional group (www usaLeadershipCorps org) .

USALC partners with pre-MBAs who are looking to build their consulting, entrepreneurship, and/or community-involvement resumes by leading part-time volunteer nonprofit strategy consulting projects. Please visit our website to learn more.

Thank you & good luck.

Maxwell Roper
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USA Leadership Corps
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Re: GMAT Application: Improving Extracurriculars [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 10:21
brainhurt wrote:
To beat Maxwell Roper to the punch:


Hi DJK. Thank you for starting a great post.

If you are looking to gain a robust pre-MBA experience that will help you to answer the common b-school application question, "Please indicate other extra-curricular activities, internships or voluntary work relevant for Admissions," then consider participating in our USA Leadership Corps professional group (www usaLeadershipCorps org) .

USALC partners with pre-MBAs who are looking to build their consulting, entrepreneurship, and/or community-involvement resumes by leading part-time volunteer nonprofit strategy consulting projects. Please visit our website to learn more.

Thank you & good luck.

Maxwell Roper
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USA Leadership Corps


Thanks brainhurt!

I am checking out the website right now, and upon an initial scanning, it seems to be right in line with what I am seeking.
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Re: GMAT Application: Improving Extracurriculars [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 10:27
Hmmm. I just read that I must have at least 3 years of work experience....
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Re: GMAT Application: Improving Extracurriculars [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 10:30
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Hmmm. I just read that I must have at least 3 years of work experience....


I suggest you contact them. I would guess that those rules are just guidelines. (I have no specific knowledge of this though.)
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Re: GMAT Application: Improving Extracurriculars [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 10:33
Yeah, that is what I am going to do.

Thanks for prompt responses, much appreciated.

In what capacity do you know Maxwell Roper?
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Re: GMAT Application: Improving Extracurriculars [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 10:44
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In what capacity do you know Maxwell Roper?


In no capacity, but I have observed that every time someone asks about something EC-related he posts that message or something like it, so I thought I'd beat him to it.
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Re: GMAT Application: Improving Extracurriculars [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 10:53
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DJK wrote:
In what capacity do you know Maxwell Roper?


In no capacity, but I have observed that every time someone asks about something EC-related he posts that message or something like it, so I thought I'd beat him to it.



Got it, thanks.
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