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What extracurriculars would i need to get into an MBA?

 
#1 What extracurriculars would i need to get into an MBA?
19/11/2009 14:20

Skoo

Hi.

So to put it bluntly: I'm not doing anything particularly interesing with regard to my extra-curricular activity at the moment (bit of sport). I've got solid academics (Oxbridge) and work for an OK firm...certainly one that has put people into the top business schools in the past.

My question is: what kind of things will I need to start doing to differentiate myself, bring this weakness up to speed, and have a fighting chance of getting myself into a good BSchool? I haven't done anything particularly worthy as of late...other than eroding my dignity with booze and women. I feel like I want to pull my act together and do something constructive...not too much though. I mean, let's leave the full time charity work to the people that actually care.

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#2 RE: What extracurriculars would i need to get into an MBA?
19/11/2009 16:04

Cynic to Skoo (#1)

Oh, you crazy kids.

You don't need to be doing anything!

Do you really think all the McKinsey types really lead antartic expeditions whilst at the same time being a pro tennis champion, the local Conservative candidate, a scuba diving expert and going on a sponsored walk across Afraica every week?

No, of course they don't.

They exaggerate.

Pro tennis champion? More like they played a few times when they were 16. Local conservative candidate? Well, they read the telegraph. Sponsored walks across afraica? Well they went on safari in kenya once.

You get the idea.

For the most part, they probably just surf the net on their laptop whlist having a dump. That would be closer to the truth.

So... don't lie, but why not be a bit creative with how you describe your extracurriculars? With a bit of self-promotion, you have probably achieved a LOT more than you actually realise.

p.s. I like your honesty. It's refreshing.

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#3 RE: What extracurriculars would i need to get into an MBA?
19/11/2009 16:05

Cynic to Cynic (#2)

pps. Both instances of "afraica" were a typo. I know it's "Africa".

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#4 RE: What extracurriculars would i need to get into an MBA?
19/11/2009 16:13

Skoo to Cynic (#3)

Haha thanks Cynic, I get the picture. Makes me feel a bit better. I've actaully been on Safari and hold SCUBA qualifications. Guess I'll be alright.

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#5 RE: What extracurriculars would i need to get into an MBA?
20/11/2009 10:25

Don to Skoo (#4)

Combine the two - SCUBA Safari in Africa. How many people can claim to have done that. Easy!

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