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Are part-time jobs and volunteering viewed similarly by college admissions?

Hi, I'm a junior with a part-time job, and I haven't had much time to volunteer. Do college admissions committees view part-time work experience and volunteering equally, or do they prefer one over the other? Should I try to make more time for volunteering? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hi there! Both part-time jobs and volunteering are valuable experiences to include in your college applications. Admissions committees understand that students have different responsibilities and priorities, so they don't necessarily prefer one over the other.

The key is to show how your part-time job has helped you grow and develop important skills, just like you would with a volunteering experience. Think about the interpersonal, time-management, and work-related skills you've gained from your job, and how they have shaped your character.

If you feel compelled to volunteer and can find time for it without compromising your other commitments, go ahead. But remember, the quality of your involvement in any activity matters more than the quantity of activities. Choose something you're passionate about and stick with it. Best of luck!

9 months ago

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