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Call it the Peace Corps meets B-school. When Steven Page enrolled at Wharton, he had his sights set on an investment banking career. But before joining the capitalist ranks, he wanted to do some good. So, like a lot of Wharton students, he signed up for the school's Christmas in April program. For six straight weekends, he toiled in gritty West Philadelphia with about 1,000 of his classmates, divided into teams of sixty. The students worked long days, fixing windows, painting houses inside and out, and doing whatever else needed to be done in the neglected neighborhood. After graduation, Page shipped off to his dream job at Goldman, Sachs & Co. But he says he won't soon forget those Philly weekends. "It's a great experience because you're bonding with your cohorts," says Page. "But you're also doing something worthwhile."

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