Last week I mentioned how important volunteering is in the BS/MD application process. But there is a secret step that you can do to make your self really stand out.Want to know what the secret is?
Start a club whose focus is on helping others. Yep, it’s that simple.
Now there are all sorts of ways to screw it up so it doesn’t help you at all. You can set up the club senior year. Will admissions officers think this is anything other than a thinly disguised attempt to curry favor? Nope. If you are serious about helping others, start this club as a freshman or at the latest a sophomore.
Another way to make this option fail? Make yourself the only member of the club. Admissions officers may be many things but stupid is not one of them. You need to make this club something that is strong and something that will most likely survive your graduating and leaving the school. How do you do that? Generally, hard work.
The more people you can get involved and the greater the impact on your local community, the more this type of activity will be viewed with favor.
The bottom line? Building an organization like this to benefit yourself in the college admissions process will generally have very little impact on your admissions chances. But building an organization that will really help people in need, now and into the future, will not only make you feel like you have done something worthwhile, it will make you a much more attractive candidate for admissions.