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Unique ECs [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2008, 12:01
As I read a lot of the profiles I'm starting to wonder what qualifies for "excellent, modest, or even average" extracurricular activities.

I believe the true value of any EC activity is usually personal so I don't think there can be any right or wrong answers to this one.
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Re: Unique ECs [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2008, 13:19
AZCFA wrote:
As I read a lot of the profiles I'm starting to wonder what qualifies for "excellent, modest, or even average" extracurricular activities.

I believe the true value of any EC activity is usually personal so I don't think there can be any right or wrong answers to this one.


I don't think you can say, for example, volunteering at a soup kitchen is better/worse than Habitat for Humanity. I think the quality is more whether in your ECs you have committed to something over a period of time, and what you've accomplished - leadership, creativity, teamwork, etc. As for whether someone says their ECs are "excellent, modest or average" that's purely subjective.
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Re: Unique ECs [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2008, 14:33
i think its more to do with the impact you had on that organization, how did you make a differnce, what kind of leadership skills you used..
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Re: Unique ECs [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2008, 15:20
Anyone willing to share specific EC's that they included in their apps this year?
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Re: Unique ECs [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2008, 15:45
smkrn--that was my intention. I wanted to see what type of unique EC activities we were all participating in.
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Re: Unique ECs [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2008, 18:20
smkrn wrote:
Anyone willing to share specific EC's that they included in their apps this year?


I was involved in starting a non-profit school in a rural area.I think this comes under a good EC category.
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Re: Unique ECs [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2008, 20:48
Yes, fall...I would definitely think that is unique and very noteworthy.
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Re: Unique ECs [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2008, 10:45
I don't think what qualifies as a good EC has much to do with uniqueness. I think it's about showing commitment to something outside of work (deep commitment, not cursory commitment) and much more importantly I think ECs are about demonstrating leadership. There are great opportunities to demonstrate significant leadership through ECs and I think this is critically important, especially if you don't have great leadership at work.
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