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Lack Of Interest In Traditional Community Service [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2009, 21:17
Does this make me a bad person? I notice that many applicants to top schools volunteered in something like Habitat for Humanity / Boys & Girls Club / Homeless Shelter / Building schools in Kenya / etc

However I don't have an interest to do any of this. I feel like if I were to do this, it would only be to position myself for b-school and I wouldn't enjoy it very much. What do these elite b-schools look for in terms of community service?

If I were to do anything extracurricular, I am very interested in becoming a little league baseball umpire / HS basketball referee / HS Track & Field official. I've participated in these sports when I was younger (had to stop in college due to medical issues) and would like to be involved in some way again. Would that help in the admission process? What skills would I need to emphasize? (I'm not sure if there's any leadership involved, other than telling a bunch of kids what they can and cannot do...)

Obviously I wouldn't be paid for any of this.
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Re: Lack Of Interest In Traditional Community Service [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2009, 11:59
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Does this make me a bad person? I notice that many applicants to top schools volunteered in something like Habitat for Humanity / Boys & Girls Club / Homeless Shelter / Building schools in Kenya / etc

However I don't have an interest to do any of this. I feel like if I were to do this, it would only be to position myself for b-school and I wouldn't enjoy it very much. What do these elite b-schools look for in terms of community service?

If I were to do anything extracurricular, I am very interested in becoming a little league baseball umpire / HS basketball referee / HS Track & Field official. I've participated in these sports when I was younger (had to stop in college due to medical issues) and would like to be involved in some way again. Would that help in the admission process? What skills would I need to emphasize? (I'm not sure if there's any leadership involved, other than telling a bunch of kids what they can and cannot do...)

Obviously I wouldn't be paid for any of this.

The question isn't whether you are bad or good. It is whether you are a person of commitment, initiative, action, and leadership. If you want to contribute by coaching Little League or serving as a ref for high school basketball, baseball, or track and field, that's fine. You would be showing commitment, initiative, and probably as your involvement increased, leadership. Those are qualities valued by MBA admissions committees. Consequently those activities would enhance your application.

For more on this topic, please see:

*MBA Admissions Tip: Community Service
* What You Can Do Now to Get Accepted
*Extra-curriculars in MBA Admissions

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Re: Lack Of Interest In Traditional Community Service [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2010, 18:28
Thank you for your response. Now I have another question:

I just got certified to become a ref and according to league rules, I have to get paid per game (even though I would gladly do it without the compensation). This is cash off the books, so it doesn't show up on my tax returns. How will this affect my application? Does this still count as extra-curricular activity, or would I have to list it as a 2nd job? Does this still count as community service? Volunteering?
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Re: Lack Of Interest In Traditional Community Service [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2010, 22:23
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Thank you for your response. Now I have another question:

I just got certified to become a ref and according to league rules, I have to get paid per game (even though I would gladly do it without the compensation). This is cash off the books, so it doesn't show up on my tax returns. How will this affect my application? Does this still count as extra-curricular activity, or would I have to list it as a 2nd job? Does this still count as community service? Volunteering?


That's an interesting question! It is still extra-curricular. If I were you, I would donate the pay to the League or to some favorite charity so you are clearly not doing it for the money.

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