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# What do you do in your free time?

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08 Jun 2007, 13:28
I'm a few years out from applying to b-school, but I'm mulling over how I can develop extracurriculars that admissions officers would find impressive.

Aside from non-profit/volunteerism, what do schools look favorably upon? When you aren't at work, how do you use your free time?
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08 Jun 2007, 14:03
sludge wrote:
I'm a few years out from applying to b-school, but I'm mulling over how I can develop extracurriculars that admissions officers would find impressive.

Aside from non-profit/volunteerism, what do schools look favorably upon? When you aren't at work, how do you use your free time?

Girls, baseball, Sabermetrics, working out
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08 Jun 2007, 16:14
sludge wrote:

Aside from non-profit/volunteerism, what do schools look favorably upon?

Lead an expedition to the top of Mount Everest. Introduce a new technology that will save a small village in a third world country. Adopt an orphan (this will really show your maturity). Win a gold medal in the next Olympics. This kind of thing.
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08 Jun 2007, 20:06
First of all, please don't do something you hate. It's so not worth it.

Second, consider your profile. This is probably a little hard, but you want to appear to be well-rounded, interesting, and a person who gets along with others - a joiner.

Does your sales/marketing job make you look like an outgoing person with no hard skills? Start an investment club with friends.

Are you a no-risks bean-counter? Take up rock climbing.

Unique is good. Leadership is good. Impact is good. Drinking beer with your pals, watching reruns of Friends, reading Danielle Steele novels: not so good.
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08 Jun 2007, 22:33
aaudetat wrote:
Drinking beer with your pals, watching reruns of Friends, reading Danielle Steele novels: not so good.

brilliantly put, AAu!

I agree with the rest of your proposal, as well, to the OP: don't do anything you hate, just because it may look well in the app. Just do something that makes sense to you, but at the same time shows you are capable of deferring satisfaction.

L.
08 Jun 2007, 22:33
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