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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