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President's Volunteer Service Award

What's up everybody! I've been working on my community service hours and I'm close to qualifying for the President's Volunteer Service Award. I was just wondering, does this award look good on college applications? Will it have a significant impact?

6 months ago

Hey there! Congrats on being close to qualifying for the President's Volunteer Service Award! It's always great to give back to your community. To answer your question, the President's Volunteer Service Award is a decent addition to your college application, but it may not have a significant impact on admissions decisions.

The PVSA is well-recognized but fairly common and falls under Tier 4 of the 4 Tiers of Extracurriculars, similar to general club/sports/musical membership and general volunteering. While it won’t make you stand out on its own, it does show a commitment to community service and a strong work ethic, which colleges appreciate.

To make a stronger impression, try to focus on the quality and consistency of your community service experiences. If you can, aim to demonstrate leadership or take initiative in creating projects or programs. This will help your community service involvement appear more impressive and impact-driven to college admissions officers.

Overall, while the President's Volunteer Service Award can be a nice addition to your application, it's important to focus on showcasing your personal strengths, passions, and achievements through your extracurricular activities. Good luck, and keep up the awesome work!

6 months ago

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