How Volunteer Work Can Help Your College Application
By Haley P.
Are you wondering how you can make your college application more appealing to your dream school? Volunteering is a great way to support a cause you think is important while also making your college application look more appealing. The total hours spent volunteering does not really matter. What really matters, however, is the quality of the work you are doing.
Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the community and help people, which is something colleges want to see. However, college admissions officers want to see consistency and dedication to the work. This means finding a cause you truly care about and dedicating your time to it. For instance, doing an hour of volunteer work every week for two years looks better than doing 300 hours of volunteer work the summer before senior year.
In addition, try to volunteer according to your interests and/or major; this makes you look more dedicated and enthusiastic about your choice of study. It also makes the work much more enjoyable for you. For example, volunteering at the Humane Society when you aspire to be a vet is a great way to gain experience in your preferred field, and work with animals all day!
Volunteer work can make you stand out among college applications by providing you with unique experiences and achievements. For example, say you are the leader of a group of peers who run coat drives. A college might want a person who can lead and direct a group of people in an organized effort, which may give you an edge over other applicants.
If you are looking to help your community, find your passion and boost up your college resume, volunteering is a great way to spend your time!