Why am I writing?
COMMUNITY WORK DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN AN NGO EXPERIENCE!!!!
I am writing to respond to a standard statement I get to hear a lot of times from the brightest of MBA applicants:
“I am an Indian! I do not have any associations with NGO’s! How will I showcase my community experience?”
Working on your applications, I do realize that many of you fail to understand the term “Community Experience”.
While there are applicants who not only had authentic NGO stories to present to the admissions committee, but also could project strong reasons for supporting the society. In doing so, they could show the patterns of continuous engagement from their past life (starting from the undergraduate clubs and associations), and also weave in their reasons (why have you been doing whatever you have been doing? What does that mean to you? Etc. Etc.).
However, not all of you have had a chance to teach blind children or participate in providing relief to the earthquake victims.
DO NOT WORRY! You need to understand that Engagement in a community has multiple forms. Schools are keener on evaluating the way you have been carrying yourself around in the society, and your diverse engagements. You do not necessarily have to showcase a humanitarian approach.
Here are some activities that can be termed as ‘community engagements’ that a candidate can incorporate in the essay (these include both NGO and other engagements):
If you graduated from your undergrad a long time ago, and are still an active member of the alumni club, and have taken initiatives to maintain that camaraderie, do mention it. It reflects your ongoing involvement with your previous academic institution and is reflective of your commitment for your next one too.
It is important to remember:
There are also many other things that an applicant to top business schools should know.
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