From reading MBA websites and brochures, it seems that many students are not only superstars at their work, but also have time to be professional ____ players (fill in the blank), start a non-profit organization that focuses on ____ children in the Third World (fill in the blank again) and travel around the globe.
Seriously, let's talk about community service.
A lot of extra-curricular activities (significant and over a long period of time)
Great! Share them with the admissions committee of your dream MBA school. They can be featured in your essays, resume and even letters of recommendation.
Multiple short-lived (1 year or less) projects
Is there a theme in your activities? Are you passionate about specific topics? Try to connect these activities to each other (if it makes sense). Even if you have changed projects and venues over the years, it's still a positive sign that you have found the time to get involved and contribute to your community.
Activities only during college:
This is a common situation. You can probably highlight activities from your college days and what you have learned from them. If your activities during college were significant enough, MBA admissions may think that you are likely to get involved again, during your MBA studies.
Very few community projects:
Don't try to cover up and make excuses. Don't try to come up with a last-minute project at work or in your community just to have something to include in the application: the admissions committee will be able to see that you're trying to puff up your resume. To show your values and drive to help others, you can use professional or personal stories.
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