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Extracurricular activities and volunteering are a key component for many college applications.  It is a great way to demonstrate your leadership, perseverance, and ability to problem-solve.  Community service offers students a great way to gain real world experience and contribute to the world in which you live.  Volunteering is 


Why should you volunteer?


When you think about college admissions, you probably think about the basics, like SAT or ACT scores, grades, GPA, essays, and letters of recommendation. While all of those things are undoubtedly important on your application, it’s also crucial that you start building your resume. One way to do that is by volunteering.

Volunteering may not increase your SAT or ACT scores or boost your GPA, but it can provide you with the competitive edge you need in the college admissions process and help you stand out among other applicants.

Here are four ways volunteering can help you on your journey to college:

  1. Experience. Volunteering can provide you with some great experiences outside the classroom while also appealing to college admissions officers—especially if they read about your volunteer work in your application essay. Apart from test scores, grades, and GPA on your transcript, admissions officers also want to see who you are outside of the classroom. Volunteering allows you to showcase another side of yourself. It provides an opportunity for you to speak passionately about a cause or organization that you believe in and have dedicated some real time toward. Don’t forget to include it on your LinkedIn profile or online resume, which many future employers will go to learn more about you.
  2. Leadership. College admissions officers love to see students who are passionate leaders, and volunteering is a great way to gain some leadership experience. Instead of merely completing the mandatory service hours that may be required by your high school, take the time to research a cause that inspires you. The more inspired you are, the more likely you are to be involved and take on a leadership position. This will show admissions officers that you can meaningfully contribute to the campus community and be an active member of the student body.
  3. Scholarships. That’s right—volunteering can lead to scholarship opportunities through various organizations. Do Something, for example, offers two types of scholarships, one of which awards $10K to four lucky students. Join one of their volunteer campaigns and show how involved you are—it can pay off, big time!
  4. Networking. While volunteering, you will encounter and work with many different types of people who can help you develop professional skills in a field you may be interested in. Some of these people may even become your mentors and be in a perfect position to write your letters of recommendation for your college applications.
  5. Personal Enhancement: Don’t just volunteer to boost your resume, application, or chances of getting into college; really do your research and find something that speaks to you. Not only will this help you speak naturally and passionately about it in interviews, it will help you learn about yourself and figure out where you’d like to give back down the road."

Students, if you are looking for volunteering ideas during this pandemic, please view this website. There are some great ideas on how you can work on things from your own home and still contribute and make a difference.