How to find community service opportunities

Recorded Thursday, January 13 at 01:00 AM

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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.

This Wednesday, Robert will discuss his experience with community service, and how you can enhance your current service profile. He'll offer tips on how to find good community service opportunities.

He'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: Yale University '21

Major: Ethics, Politics & Economics; Classics (Intensive)

Work Experience: As a recent graduate of Yale University, I am excited to begin my first year with CollegeVine! In many ways, CV was a natural fit for me -- at Yale, I worked for over two years in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, beginning as a Senior Interviewer in the summer of 2019, during which I interviewed over 200 first-year applicants for the 2019-2020 college admissions cycle. After the summer ended, I became Lead Recruitment Coordinator, a full-time position responsible for executing and overseeing Yale’s numerous post-admissions decision yield initiatives, as well as serving as a spokesman for the university both in person and online. Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of interacting with hundreds of students and their families at all stages of the college application process.

My Admissions Story: Having always been interested in studying a variety of subjects within the Humanities and Social Sciences, I applied to a smattering of liberal arts colleges and universities (mostly on the East Coast) with strong departments in these areas, large and diverse student bodies, and varied extracurricular opportunities. When my college admissions decisions rolled in, I immediately accepted an offer from my dream school, Yale University, which I had always felt best embodied the opportunities and goals that I desired from my college experience -- and since that day, I’ve never looked back.

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 Robert and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
1:51@AlexHoney:Everything seems good!
1:53@nicole.grace:everything's great :D
27:07@maddietuffnell:is there anything we could do that isn't necessarily an in person thing?
27:47@AlexHoney:I'm wondering the same thing haha
29:17@nicole.grace:VolunteerMatch is a great source for finding virtual opportunities!! as well as transcribing for the Library of Congress
29:38@nicole.grace:How many service hours are too many?
30:54@sienalogan:How should I determine how many hours I want to start out with if I've never volunteered before and don't have a frame of reference for how long/short a time period really is?
32:41@maddietuffnell:also when you list your community service items on your application, do you have to list hours or have certificates of completion? Or can you just write "---"
32:57@maddietuffnell:when listing community service items on college apps do you have to write the hours or need some sort of certification? or do you just list out things you did?
34:59@Bamtm2017:Is it better to pursue an observational/unpaid internship rather than simply volunteering at an organization or institution or are they viewed the same on a college application?
36:53@AlexHoney:I'm considering reaching out to my local middle school to see if I'd be able to tutor over zoom, but I'm kind of confused about how I should go about getting that started. Any advice?
46:19@nicole.grace:DoSomething is the best, it's really easy to sign up and start volunteering :)
51:42@nicole.grace:Thank you!! this stream was very informative :)))
51:44@AlexHoney:I kind of have a question butit isn't really too related to this topic.
51:47@maddietuffnell:how early do you think we should start researching colleges or our majors?
54:08@AlexHoney:I am a PSEO student right now, and I have gotten all A's in my college courses, besides one C last semester. What do you think a college that I apply to will think of that.
55:44@AlexHoney:Also, how do colleges view PSEO students?
57:37@maddietuffnell:also when you go into college when do you have to declare a major, as well as do you think minoring in addition to a major is good?
60:58@Bjoo:Outside of community service, what other activities can allow me to stand out with admissions officers ?
63:13@Bamtm2017:When is a good time to start visiting some of the universities you've already researched and what is a good amount of universities to visit.
64:33@DaKao:When you interviewed applicants, what was the biggest mistake you noticed they made?
68:16@sienalogan:In general, what should I be focusing on in my freshman year of high school and what are some things in regards to college that I should start thinking about now?
71:26@maddietuffnell:how does double majoring work?
75:47@nicole.grace:this was very helpful, thank you for your time!
76:29@Bamtm2017:Thank you so much!


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