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2 months ago
Juniors
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11th
2023

Volunteering

Hello everyone! anyone know any good volunteering activities that are not basic and make you stand out to colleges? I would really appreciated!

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a month ago

Hi Romina!!!

I’ve been volunteering in my community for a very long time. One of the things I do is I volunteer at my elementary’s school aftercare program. It’s great volunteer hours. Also if your involved in any sports, I would see if you could help “coach” the little kids on the younger teams. I’m a competitive cheerleader and have been a junior coach for the past 2 years and it count as volunteer hours and I really love doing!

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2 months ago

Hi there, volunteering is a great way to stand out on your college applications. However, it's also a really common activity for high school students and so it can be hard to demonstrate how unique your contributions to your community really are. There are a couple of ways you can do volunteering in a way that stands out to admissions committees. First, you can start your own project or organization rather than joining an existing one - this shows more initiative and leadership and would also make for a compelling supplemental essay or personal statement. Something else you can think about is the scale or exclusivity of your volunteering - is it competitive to get in? What is the nature and size of the impact you would make? These are all questions to consider that will help you choose the right activity for you.

For more info on volunteering opportunities, check out these articles: https://blog.collegevine.com/category/extracurricular-activities/volunteering/

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🎤2 months ago

Thank you so much! I really appreciate it

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