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New post 18 Mar 2010, 12:34
i'm taking you comment as a general "BS" flag and not a malicious one. i concede the fact that my number are very high. and I'll also admit, maybe some months i volunteer more like 95 hrs but other months can fluctuate to 105hrs. Do I travel? yes, but for my volunteering groups. do i count that as "volunteer hours"? yes i do. traveling 2 hours in traffic back and forth in LA, and taking away from my actual job, I consider that volunteering my time. do i work fulltime and volunteer fulltime on the weekends? yes. do i contact and speak with Marines in afghanistan at 3am and work with DoD officials when most on the west coast and east coast are sleeping? Yes. Do I have downtime? No, not much. do i have a social life? no I actually don't. I have closer relationships with Marines and officials thousands of miles away than I do with people in my own area. the fact is, the GMATClub is actually one of my only guilty pleasures. i come here because its a short respite from my own life, and in its own way, my social life.

you can call throw the BS flag all you want but the truth is the truth. but it doesn't matter if i break it down even more for you hour by hour, because the fact is that you and others who have a more cynical view still probably won't believe me. that's fine. i don't work to please you or prove anything to you.

but one thing you said is right. I do need to groom myself some more. I look like a hot mess most of the day.
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New post 18 Mar 2010, 13:31
You are correct...just a BS flag. And perhaps "touche" is in order. That said, I don't think I envy you.
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New post 18 Mar 2010, 16:22
for what its worth, i don't envy ibankers and finance guys. i love what i do because i knew how much help me and my Marines needed when i was in Iraq. i do what i can because if the organizations i work with don't, LITERALLY no one else will. if working a few extra hours, sitting on a soft chair, in a climate controlled room, eating whatever food i want, without the threat of a mortar blowing me up, helps the guys over there with their job and keep them safer, what the F do i have to complain about.

regardless, this topic is getting way out of hand.

the moral of the story, at least in my view, is don't compare yourself to others with ECs. if you have a passion for something, show it through your work and you essays. if you don't have many ECs, either go out and get some, or stand up and talk about why you don't. don't be ashamed of your story, be proud of it, little EC or lot EC. you are who you are, and don't worry about me or anyone else who has a different story. adcoms are looking to make the best cocktail of students, and they want people who have heavy ECs and others who are heavy industry guys. don't be bashful of where you stand and tell 'em why you feel you're a good fit.
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