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25yr M Taiwanese (no U.S citizenship)
Graduated in 2016 from University of Washington ( age 23)
Worked 1 yr in U.S before I leave for Taiwan because my OPT was done.
Serving 1-year mandatory substitute military service in Taiwan (will finish my service on 08/21/17)

My extracurricular activities "heavily" fell in my senior year of college in the U.S where I did
280+ hospital clinical floor volunteer at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle
Board member of Seattle King County Free Clinic (only student on board back then)
Local non-profit work within Greater Seattle Area
: mentor 30+ high school kids and helped out with their college application/scholarships
community food program assistant
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My current plan is to take the GMAT in a few months and start to find work in Taiwan.
I plan to work 2 - 3 years before I apply MBA in the U.S.

My question is, would my extracurricular activities in college count by the time I apply?
or, will I need to continue to seek new opportunities in the next 2 - 3 years?

Targeted GMAT score: 730 +
Targeted School: Top 10 MBA
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Hi there,

Your extracurricular activities in college will count, but you will also need to seek new opportunities in the next 2-3 years. It's what you do both in college and post-college. I hope that helps!

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New post 05 Feb 2018, 00:57
A continued track of social work is important. It demonstrates that extra-curricular involvement is (specifically volunteering) is habitual for you. The new experience will complement your already strong past volunteering record.

Since you have a couple of years before you apply for MBA, it will be easy for you to take up 1-2 causes and work for them intensively (depth matters more than breadth).
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lary301254M7 wrote:
25yr M Taiwanese (no U.S citizenship)
Graduated in 2016 from University of Washington ( age 23)
Worked 1 yr in U.S before I leave for Taiwan because my OPT was done.
Serving 1-year mandatory substitute military service in Taiwan (will finish my service on 08/21/17)

My extracurricular activities "heavily" fell in my senior year of college in the U.S where I did
280+ hospital clinical floor volunteer at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle
Board member of Seattle King County Free Clinic (only student on board back then)
Local non-profit work within Greater Seattle Area
: mentor 30+ high school kids and helped out with their college application/scholarships
community food program assistant
-------------

My current plan is to take the GMAT in a few months and start to find work in Taiwan.
I plan to work 2 - 3 years before I apply MBA in the U.S.

My question is, would my extracurricular activities in college count by the time I apply?
or, will I need to continue to seek new opportunities in the next 2 - 3 years?

Targeted GMAT score: 730 +
Targeted School: Top 10 MBA


Hi lary301254M7,

Thanks for writing :)

Yes, of course, your extra-curricular activities at college will count. However, since you still have 2-3 years before your MBA, you will need to continue engaging on new fronts. We recommend that instead of just looking for volunteer roles, try getting involved with activities that allow you to take on leadership roles and have a more intense impact. Remember, this will allow you a greater number of talking points in your application :)

Hope this helps!

All the best! :)
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New post 05 Feb 2018, 05:41
As already stated both would be ideal, meaning you should find new extra curricular activities that you can continue with until application but the college ones will count in your favor as well.

If you can’t find any new extra curricular activities to devote yourself to, the ones you already did spend time on are better than nothing at all but not likely to make a big difference in one way or the other, in my experience.
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