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How many volunteer hours should I have in high school?

Hey guys! I've been doing some volunteer work in high school and I wanted to know how many hours of volunteering is generally recommended, like what would be considered a good amount for college applications? Thanks in advance!

7 months ago

Hey there! While there isn't a specific number of volunteer hours that colleges require or recommend, it's a great idea to stay involved in community service throughout high school. Aiming for at least 50 hours of volunteer work per year can be a good starting point.

However, it's important to focus on the quality of your volunteering experiences rather than just the quantity. Colleges appreciate commitment and impact, so it's better to be deeply involved in a few meaningful projects rather than spreading yourself thin across many unrelated activities. Demonstrating growth or leadership in your volunteer work can also be a strong addition to your application.

Overall, focus on what you’re genuinely interested in and find ways to make a difference in those areas. Keeping track of your hours and using them to enhance your involvement in your chosen areas can help you stand out on your college applications. Best of luck!

7 months ago

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