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Ideal Number of Volunteer Hours in High School

Hey, I've been volunteering for various events and organizations throughout high school. I'm curious as to what's considered a good amount of volunteer hours for college admissions. Could any of you share your experiences and opinions on this matter?

6 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you've been dedicating your time to volunteer work in high school. Although there's no magic number for the "perfect" amount of volunteer hours, a general rule of thumb is to try to accumulate 50-200 hours of volunteer service over your high school years. But remember that quality matters more than quantity.

Instead of focusing solely on hours, consider the impact of your service and your level of involvement. A deep commitment to a cause or organization that aligns with your interests and passions will resonate more with colleges than sporadic, less meaningful volunteer experiences just for the sake of collecting hours.

For example, if you're passionate about environmental conservation and you dedicate time consistently to a local cleanup effort or an environmental nonprofit, showcasing your leadership and commitment over time will be more meaningful than simply accumulating a large number of hours doing one-time volunteer events.

In summary, aim for meaningful and consistent volunteering experiences rather than a specific number of hours. This approach will not only benefit your college application but will also ensure you make a genuine impact on the causes you care about. Good luck!

6 months ago

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