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Is it worth applying with "minimal" mission-supporting activities?

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I am trying to decide if I should apply through the Consortium since I feel like I have fairly minimal mission-supporting activities...

I am a Hispanic, 1st generation college graduate. In college, I was a member of a multi-cultural fraternity and was involved in some mentoring related activities. Since graduating (5 years ago), the only things that I have done that I would consider "mission-supporting" are remaining an active alumni in my fraternity to help current members with career guidance/support and being a Big Brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program (although I just recently started this)..

Do these activities even give me a chance at the Consortium?

Thanks in advance!

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I am trying to decide if I should apply through the Consortium since I feel like I have fairly minimal mission-supporting activities...

I am a Hispanic, 1st generation college graduate. In college, I was a member of a multi-cultural fraternity and was involved in some mentoring related activities. Since graduating (5 years ago), the only things that I have done that I would consider "mission-supporting" are remaining an active alumni in my fraternity to help current members with career guidance/support and being a Big Brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program (although I just recently started this)..

Do these activities even give me a chance at the Consortium?

Thanks in advance!


I would say you should definitely apply! I think that is enough, and you might be surprised if you think long and hard enough about what you have done while at work. I wasn't a member of any organized group but I wrote about helping minorities at my past job in a very unorganized way (basically giving advice to people here and there as I worked at a large company). That was enough to get me membership into the Consortium.

Also, even if it weren't enough, getting membership into the Consortium is a different process than getting into the business school programs, so the application is still helpful in that it's a common application - you might have to write an extra essay or two but will save you a lot of application fees and like I said earlier, what you have done seems to be enough from my pov.

Hope this helps and good luck in the process!

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The CGSM website says, "Your personal life experiences can also be used to show commitment to the mission. Examples include serving as a positive role model in your community, or working to change the perceptions of historically underrepresented groups."

I think you're fine. Best of luck with the process!

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Thanks, jbmonu and PsychGuy845! That's helpful and encouraging to hear!

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New post 13 Jun 2016, 17:05
Thanks for sharing.

You may also consider some of the tips in our blog entry below, this may help generate more ideas to strengthen your profile:
http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2016/05 ... -6-months/

Steps to a Stronger MBA Profile in 6 Months

Once you have finally decided to pursue an MBA, you will naturally start assessing your chances of actually being admitted. Undergraduate academics and GMAT score aside, most business school applicants will fret as to whether their extracurricular activities and overall profile are impressive enough for their dream schools, especially as these aspects of an applicant’s profile are not as straightforward to quantify and compare.

How then can you improve your profile in the last six months?
Should you rush to get registered in additional community organizations? Should you learn a new language or a musical instrument? Should you go on a trip to the wilderness or join a religious mission?

As a rule, the Admissions Committee will consider the length of time and level of involvement with the activities you participate in when they weigh these as part of your profile (just as any potential employer would during a job interview). On your end, you should consider the limited time remaining towards the deadline, and the demands of polishing up your whole application package while focusing on fulfilling your current work and personal responsibilities.

Below are some practical tips to strengthen your profile:

1) Do More with Current Involvements
You may feel that your current activities are not as impressive as they really are and, thus, do not make you stand out as an applicant. One way to address this is to look for the chance to introduce something new to your profile that would make your potential future contributions to the school unique.

For instance, you may be the leader of your undergraduate alumni branch – from this, you can find an innovative way to link up across other chapters, and strengthen alumni engagement and knowledge transfers across your entire network. Or, you may be involved with donation drives for the less fortunate; try to find new ways to boost your funds or at least organize activities that can better showcase your leadership and teamwork skills.

Initiatives such as these give more credence and value to your current activities, without having to start from scratch.

2) Do the Same Thing for a Different Audience
This should be relatively easy to do – look for some opportunities to leverage your long-running interest or hobby to demonstrate more involvement and impact on the community. As an example, you may be singer who performs regularly at a club. You may use this talent and volunteer to sing for several worthwhile causes. In this way, you can enrich your stories about your singing talent (or at the very least, the audacity to perform in front of an audience!) and make them more interesting for the Admissions Committee.

Taking this point further, let’s say your lack of international exposure is perceived to be a weakness – look for ways to at least show how open-minded and internationally aware you are by getting involved with the expatriate community, nearby refugee camps, or by performing with multi-cultural groups.

Use these tips to help strengthen your business school applications and set your current activities apart from those of other MBA candidates, and to further your own personal development, as well.
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From Dr. Shel (Shelly Watts), http://www.mbaadmit.com, email: info@mbaadmit.com

Hi mj800,

It is possible to continue building up your credentials before you apply. But, what you already have is more than many of my candidates typically have before we start working with them (although we do help them continue to build up) and our Consortium candidates at MBA Admit.com almost always land full scholarships! We at MBA Admit.com work a lot with Consortium candidates since we offer special Consortium pricing packages, and when I compare you with candidates I have seen, I believe you have good credentials to work with. I definitely think you should apply.

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mj800 wrote:
I am trying to decide if I should apply through the Consortium since I feel like I have fairly minimal mission-supporting activities...
I am just singing in the choir here- but I also believe that you should apply through Consortium and that you have some activities that support the mission. Focus on specific examples where you have been involved and think about how you can best present those examples. I enjoy working with candidates applying through the Consortium and would be glad to review your materials. Info for free consults with Stratus are here: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... b-visitor/
I am a Hispanic, 1st generation college graduate. In college, I was a member of a multi-cultural fraternity and was involved in some mentoring related activities. Since graduating (5 years ago), the only things that I have done that I would consider "mission-supporting" are remaining an active alumni in my fraternity to help current members with career guidance/support and being a Big Brother through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America program (although I just recently started this)..

Do these activities even give me a chance at the Consortium?

Thanks in advance!

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