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MBA Extracurricular Activities


MBA Extracurricular Activities
Engaging in extracurricular activities is a great way to be memorable and unique if you come from a typical background. Good extracurriculars are those that involve leadership, have an impact on others, and are long-term. Most importantly, you should care about them. Because working at a soup kitchen for one weekend won't impress anybody too much. Avoid those extracurricular activities that might suggest that you only became involved because you want to go to business school. Try to find something that you are passionate about with a long-term commitment (e.g. > 1 year).

Being Unique
Applicants with an interesting background or work experience will find it easier to differentiate themselves from the applicant pack. For example, these could be entrepreneuers with interesting businesses, international applicants from smaller countries or those who have worked in atypical industries or remote parts of the world, etc. You get the idea. Others with typical backgrounds will have a harder time. So even if you’re a great i-banker, IT guy / engineer (esp. from India), or a consultant from a well-known company with a 700+ GMAT it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be admitted to a top program because there will be hundreds of other applicants with the same background as yours. So how can you stand out from the pool? As mentioned above, a good way to do this is through good extracurricular activities you are passionate about. For example, you could be an artist, athlete, instructor, inventor, comedian, or maybe you're involved in a club, non-profit or start-up, etc. There are unlimited ways to differentiate yourself from your competition and to show that you have a life outside of your job!

Typical MBA Applicant Profiles - Pre-MBA Industries:

Typical MBA Applicant profiles: Technology / IT, Banking / Financial Services, Consulting


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