D1. What activities outside of work were you involved in prior to your MBA?
The majority of MBAs had some kind of volunteer activity outside of work. This could involve alumni associations, professional development organizations, fundraising, or mentoring.
Some MBAs had such busy work lives (e.g., investment banking, military) that they didn't have much to talk about for outside activities. They had to describe something, so most put a hobby (e.g., scuba diving) or joined a professional development organization (e.g., Junior League).
Some MBAs emphasized that these outside activities showed either leadership or passion.
Started and lead a young professional bible study; also talked about continual education
Felt a little inadequate in this area; raised money, non-profit Board, more one-off events
Used a story of hiking the Grand Canyon; planning, discipline, passion, and well-roundedness
After a couple of years in investment banking, you have a little more time; picked up outdoor sports
Didn't have much time to do things outside of work
Something showing leadership
Head of electronic communication committee for NY Junior League; one of my few leadership achievements
Something you're passionate about
Elizabeth De Montigny
What did you get out of it and why was it important to you? Admissions wants to see that you'll contribute to your MBA class similarly
Didn't want an application that said I was a boring person who didn't do anything outside of work