Community service advice with Shravya

Recorded Tuesday, June 22 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


Community service is a great way to give back while demonstrating to colleges that you have the qualities necessary to be a good peer on campus and in the community.

It's also a good topic to think about over summer, when you have more free time to make a bigger impact in your communities. This Tuesday, Shravya will discuss her experience with community service, and how you can enhance your current service profile.

She'll also cover how community service has changed during the COVID era, and offer some advice for integrating your activities into your essays in order to present yourself in the best light possible to admissions officers!

Your host

Undergrad College: Rice University '20

Work Experience: During my time at Rice, I mentored dozens of high school students through the college application process, along with editing essays and tutoring students for the ACT/SAT. I also interned at a medical technology startup, conducted research in Brazil, and gave a TEDx talk. I recently finished applying to medical school; I've been admitted to multiple schools, and will be starting in the Fall.

My Admissions Story: I remember feeling very blindsided by the admissions process and not knowing where to begin. I hope that sharing my experiences and some of the things I’ve learned along the way will help guide other students in a similar boat.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Shravya and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
1:18@Thomas_Miller-Culler:We can
1:21@beladelgado:I can hear but not see
2:10@beladelgado:yes! all good now, thank you!
13:53@samuelh45:I am interested in business and sports (especially baseball). I just finished freshmen year, and I feel a bit lost on where to start or align these two interest while giving back to community since I didn't focus on it during 2020~2021 school year.
16:45@nicolehattonn:if i don't do community service that is necessary alligned with a specific passion, is it still ok if i'm doing other things that do allign with my interests?
18:29@Corryn_Flahaven:need a suggestion for someone who is interested in geography, please
20:23@nicolehattonn:i am very involved and passionate about key club and we do different community service so it's not necessary aligned with anything since it's kind of random service but key club has had a significant impact on me
27:46@nicolehattonn:sometimes when i do service, it doesn't make me feel like i've done a lot since it's all been virtual and i don't get to see how it impacted others on the other side
31:57@nicolehattonn:how would you still encourage others to do service if they say it's boring and not very impressive like making cards or doing online websites that donate to charity
37:19@nicolehattonn:someone told me that community service is easy since anyone can do it
41:29@nicolehattonn:if i havent yet had a really meaningful experience with a specific community service project can i talk about how i enjoy organizing projects in key club and doing it with friends to reach our goals
45:39@Corryn_Flahaven:I have to run now. You did great, Shravya! I learned some great tips from you!
45:48@nicolehattonn:can you explain more why community service is an important value to you?
49:40@nicolehattonn:i like making cards for service since i get to be creative and give back in a way since i've always been an artsy and creative person and make them look all cute
51:40@nicolehattonn:this was really helpful!


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