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3 years ago
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Is it better to volunteer at multiple places as opposed to just a few places?
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When volunteering, is it better to volunteer at a variety of places or is it fine to volunteer at even just one? Does it really matter which place you volunteer at as long as you get the hours?

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3 years ago

Hello,

@OrangeJuice I would recommend for you stick to fewer places which you are really interested in and show your out most passion while you are volunteering for them. Try to gain different experience, contribute ideas to help the organisation you are working with. I don’t really know if it matters how many hours you have volunteered but I personally feel how was your experience and what did you contribute are the questions right there.

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3 years ago

Volunteering is a way to show colleges a preview how you will contribute to their campus and community if they accept you. Community service projects aligned with your academic or personal interests make for a very compelling application. Example: If you apply to a STEM program and taught coding to second graders, or helped a nonprofit build a website, it reinforces you are interested in a computer science career path. A few other things to keep in mind: Colleges value quality of the volunteer experience over the quantity of hours. Admissions departments also prefer to see dedication over time rather than a few short weeks in summer.

Yes, you should include volunteering on your college app. But everything else is up to you - the causes you support, what you do while volunteering, who you help. Look at volunteering as a way to show colleges who you really are outside of class.

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3 years ago

Colleges are looking for people who want to serve their communities, and are not just appearing to be "checking boxes." Being able to have a narrative arc (looking to be a vet, volunteering at shelters, is an obvious one) and really showing dedication is more valuable than shallowly bouncing through several places.

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