What Harvard Business School Is Looking For: Engaged Community Citizenship
This is the third post in our series, What HBS is Looking For.
This is not about “community service” — it’s not about doing halo-worthy things in your free time. (Though neither Harvard Business School nor I will discourage that, and “engaged community citizenship” and “community service” certainly can overlap.)
Community service is an activity that you do; engaged community citizenship is a quality that you embody. Doing community service does not automatically mean you possess the quality of engaged community citizenship.
Harvard Business School explicitly seeks this quality in its applicants – announced in bold letters on its “Who are we looking for?” page.
Understanding the terms
Plaudits to HBS for the directness and clarity. Yet it’s a complex idea. Let’s see exactly what “engaged community service” means by examining each element.
How to demonstrate engaged community citizenship
Actually, the quality of engaged community citizenship is something that any b-school adcom will value. So how do you express it effectively in your application? Use example and anecdote. For HBS, reflect it in your essay, even if indirectly. Also, try to bring it out in your resume and your interviews. Ask your recommenders to highlight it.
If you have it – let it enhance your candidacy.
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