• Varsity Tutors
    Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
    Register now and save up to $200

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Varsity Tutors
  • EMPOWERgmat Slider
    1 Hour Free
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    EMPOWERgmat Slider
  • Target Test Prep
    5-Day Free Trial
    5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Target Test Prep
  • PrepScholar GMAT
    5 Day FREE Trial
    Study Smarter, Not Harder

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    PrepScholar GMAT
  • Economist Test Prep
    Free Trial & Practice Exam
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Economist Test Prep
  • Kaplan Test Prep
    Free Practice Test & Review
    How would you score if you took the GMAT

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Kaplan Test Prep
  • Veritas Prep
    Free Veritas GMAT Class
    Experience Lesson 1 Live Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Veritas Prep
  • Magoosh
    Magoosh
    Study with Magoosh GMAT prep

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Magoosh
  • e-gmat Exclusive Offer
    Get 300+ Practice Questions
    25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    e-gmat Exclusive Offer

Help on Extra Curriculars

This topic has 1 expert reply and 7 member replies
jerrykantrell Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Default Avatar
Joined
11 Oct 2007
Posted:
31 messages
Test Date:
April 2008
Target GMAT Score:
730
GMAT Score:
760

Help on Extra Curriculars

Post Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:49 am
I have heard time and time again, hence I realize the importance of extra curriculars in your B school application. I have been a guitarist sine college, have played many gigs, have a band now, and we record stuff at home. I however have no certificates to prove any of this. How do I convince the adcom that these claim of mine are authentic ? because for all they know, I could be pulling these things out of my @ss! what do I do ? Because being an IT engineer, this was one of my major stand-out points.

I feel like I am s*rewed. what do I do ?

Thanks in advance.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Need free GMAT or MBA advice from an expert? Register for Beat The GMAT now and post your question in these forums!
jerrykantrell Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Default Avatar
Joined
11 Oct 2007
Posted:
31 messages
Test Date:
April 2008
Target GMAT Score:
730
GMAT Score:
760
Post Fri Jan 25, 2008 11:20 pm
So, jelt, did you talk about your interest in dance during any of the interviews that you have given ?

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
jelt Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Default Avatar
Joined
10 Aug 2007
Posted:
102 messages
Upvotes:
13
Post Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:56 am
Yes. When they asked me what extra-curriculars I was thinking of joining, I said that I would do dance, which I had done before in college, because I think that really livens up a campus and improves the social scene. The point is to make it a one-liner telling them why they would think your interest is useful to their programme, what u've done before in that extra-curricular (ie you're not pulling it out of your ass), and then leave it at that.

Professional judgment on what to stress and what not to push too hard is something business schools value strongly too.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag

GMAT/MBA Expert

Post Sat Jan 26, 2008 3:02 pm
jerrykantrell wrote:
I get it now, thank you parore and jelt.

I love this place (beatthegmat) Smile
Smile

_________________
Sorin Istrate - Community Manager

MBA Watch - Your one-stop shop for all MBA program research

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
jerrykantrell Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Default Avatar
Joined
11 Oct 2007
Posted:
31 messages
Test Date:
April 2008
Target GMAT Score:
730
GMAT Score:
760
Post Fri Jan 25, 2008 11:13 pm
I get it now, thank you parore and jelt.

I love this place (beatthegmat) Smile

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
jelt Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Default Avatar
Joined
10 Aug 2007
Posted:
102 messages
Upvotes:
13
Post Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:59 pm
I would also focus on emphasising your professional involvement in the band, highlighting aspects that business schools are interested in- team work, success in selling tickets, production, and so on- rather than merely going with 'an interest in music'. This is, after all, business school. If you merely have 'an interest in music' (for me, I had a similar case for dance) and cannot or would rather not show professional involvement, then I would use the interview rather than waste precious essay or recommendation space.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Thanked by: jerrykantrell
parore26 Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Default Avatar
Joined
25 Apr 2007
Posted:
147 messages
Followed by:
1 members
Upvotes:
19
Test Date:
Jan-2-2008
Target GMAT Score:
750
Post Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:01 pm
It is important to point out things that you're passionate about as that presents the interviewer with something other than your academic transcripts and professional recommendations. The interviews generally last about 30 minutes which means that there may or may not be time to emphasis your extra interests. As jelt pointed out essays or a recommendation from a Band member are your best bet in trying to present a second dimension to your application.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Thanked by: jerrykantrell
jerrykantrell Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Default Avatar
Joined
11 Oct 2007
Posted:
31 messages
Test Date:
April 2008
Target GMAT Score:
730
GMAT Score:
760
Post Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:23 am
phew!
Thanks jelt, thanks so much for replying. It takes a huge load off of my back. Would it be a bad thing if I were to stress the importance of music in my life, during the interview ? for after all, I am a mechanical engineering graduate.

Thanks once again.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
jelt Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts Default Avatar
Joined
10 Aug 2007
Posted:
102 messages
Upvotes:
13
Post Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:22 am
No certificates are necessary. Business schools don't verify such things, but they reserve the right to revoke admission at any time. So if, after admitting you, it becomes clear you were pulling stuff out of somewhere, that's exactly what they'll do.

As to how to capitalise on this, you would write about them in your essays and talk about them in your interview if they are really that important. Alternatively you could also have your band manager or band leader write an optional short recommendation to provide a different perspective of you.

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Thanked by: jerrykantrell

Best Conversation Starters

1 Roland2rule 174 topics
2 lheiannie07 110 topics
3 ardz24 64 topics
4 LUANDATO 56 topics
5 swerve 46 topics
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members...

Most Active Experts

1 image description Brent@GMATPrepNow

GMAT Prep Now Teacher

150 posts
2 image description Jeff@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

145 posts
3 image description Rich.C@EMPOWERgma...

EMPOWERgmat

116 posts
4 image description GMATGuruNY

The Princeton Review Teacher

103 posts
5 image description Scott@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

98 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts