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# How do B-schools view church involvement?

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12 Apr 2013, 16:36
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I'm very involved in my church (>300 hours a year) and serve as the Director of Finance. Do business schools view this as extracurricular activity? I can't seem to find any information on this. Thanks.
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12 Apr 2013, 16:49
fervorking,
If you help your church outside of work as a volunteer activity, then schools would consider it as an extracurricular or community involvement. Admissions committees would regard it very positively because of the level of impact and responsibility you have vis-a-vis less impactful roles. Involvement in a church differentiates you from other applicants in that few applicants talk about religious involvement, either because it isn't important in their lives or because they are concerned that it's considered controversial or politically correct. But church involvement only becomes a potential negative in an application if the applicant focuses on issues of doctrine etc. If you describe it as a way to be positively involved in your community then it is a big plus for you.
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Hi,

I'm very involved in my church (>300 hours a year) and serve as the Director of Finance. Do business schools view this as extracurricular activity? I can't seem to find any information on this. Thanks.
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14 Apr 2013, 23:17
Dude! Church involvement is awesome. Especially with the amount of hours you put in.

Now, although any involvement is great, some types of involvement are greater than others and the best is - LEADERSHIP. Do you do any mentoring, leading, fundraising? Do you organize events or trips?

Any of this can make for great experience and great stories!
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15 Apr 2013, 05:59
Thanks for the input. Should I look to add any sort of extracurricular or is this sufficient? I do have many leadership examples from my church involvement, but is it enough? I lead small groups, and I mentor young men as well as play guitar in the band.
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15 Apr 2013, 08:01
I suggest that quantify the finance activities that you oversee in your resume - i.e.; managed organization budget of \$XXXXX. If you made any improvements to the way finances are handled, consider that as well.

Leading and mentoring other members is also great experience.

Playing the guitar? Leave that out. Not relevant to your future career, unless you plan to be a rock star

I hope this is helpful. If I can help further, let me know!

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