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Mission Admission: Community Service Is Not a Prison Sentence

Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips; a new one is posted each Tuesday.

We write our title in jest, but many MBA aspirants feel that the business school admissions committees have essentially sentenced them to community service in much the same way a judge would sentence a petty criminal to perform community service. Nothing could be further from the truth.

If you are slogging through your time as a volunteer, you are certainly not helping yourself or your candidacy. Time is not the most important factor in the “quality” of your community work in the eyes of the MBA admissions committees—the impact you have on others is what is crucial and revealing. Indeed, the spirit with which you have executed your time serving your community is what will impress the committees.

As you consider your options for community involvement (and we hope you have begun doing so long before now), be sure to choose an organization about which you can be passionate and commit yourself entirely. By dedicating yourself to an organization about which you are sincerely enthusiastic (just as you would in choosing your job), you will naturally find yourself in situations that will lend themselves to quality essays and powerful recommendations.




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