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07/19/2020 at 11:56PM[edited]

What amount of community service hours is impressive?

Hello! During this quarantine, I've gathered around 50+ hours in virtual volunteering! I've been volunteering as a graphic designer, marketing director and tutor. It's been so much fun and I absolutely love doing it. However, I'm actually close to gathering 100 hours of volunteering which is insane but I'm really proud of myself! Is this impressive or normal for ivy leagues?

Also, what is the presidential volunteer award and how can I get it?

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2 answers

07/21/2020 at 02:10PM

As the other poster said, community service is not worth your time if it is not your passion and not major-related. Now, community service can be a passion, for example if your passion is, maybe human rights, but community service is still a little too normal in that case. If your passion truly is human rights or something related, you should do something above and beyond, like forming a club, or advocating in the White House. That would make admissions officers more impressed than simply spending hundreds of hours doing community service.

07/20/2020 at 02:16AM[edited]

So volunteering isn’t impressive unless it’s is for an extended period with a single organization or it is major related. Also there is no hard number for hours as such achievements are more impressive than hours.

A volunteer with 10k hours isn’t as impressive as one with 200 hours at a bio lab where he worked on a paper published in high profile magizines who wants to be a bio major in my opinion and from my knowledge that holds true for admissions as well. So it is very very subjective.

Hope this helps and comment if you need clarification.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@julylilys07/20/2020 at 02:23AM [edited]

wow this made me discouraged but thanks for the feedback. Also, how about volunteering for an organization that received national exposure? The organization I'm volunteering with has been on the news like 3 times including Good Morning America. If it isn't impressive, how can I make my volunteering experience more impressive?

@DebaterMAX07/20/2020 at 02:26AM

So the research example is fictional but the premise hold true (the research if true might be a near garuntee enterence to the ivies) but the volunteer really depends on a: is it competitive such as only a few are accepted b: significant accomplishments. Also to make it more impressive quantify it and “sugarcoat” it.

@DebaterMAX07/20/2020 at 02:27AM

My teacher told me an example The cat crossed the road” becomes the cat approached the curb and tentatively stepped into the street and then dodged a car and then Bob raced to the other side.” So sugarcoat can work but don’t lie

[🎤 AUTHOR]@julylilys07/20/2020 at 02:30AM

mhmm can you be more specific? The organization is sort of competitive, I got chosen from a group of 180+ applicants. However, right now since tutors are in high demand they have only 100 volunteers including me.

@DebaterMAX07/20/2020 at 02:31AM

Also the organization being on GMA is a good thing as it is high profile and leads to notable accomplishments but no matter what volunteering is impactful at colleges but it should hardly be your top 5 ECs unless it is a non profit with national recognition etc.

@DebaterMAX07/20/2020 at 02:33AM

A 60% admit rate is decent but the accomplishments are the big deal. I can volunteer at a Fortune500 company but if I just copy papers is not impressive but if at a local buisness I remade it’s online presence ran a marketing campaign etc that’s is more impressive in my opinion. Sorry for the rambling.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@julylilys07/20/2020 at 02:36AM

Yes! It is a nonprofit and it is led by high school students!! And don't worry about rambling I totally understand :) As a tutoring volunteer, what can I do that will be impressive?

@DebaterMAX07/20/2020 at 02:41AM

So as I’d focus on quantify it if your organization has any statistics such as GPA improvement etc that can be useful but try to say in some fashion With org X I tutored low income vulnerable 4th grade students in math. As a result I managed to gain skill x skill y skill z.” That is a very good description. But impressive is able to quantify things such as GPA boosts or “tugging heartstrings” such as with Org X I tutored children in abusive homes and served as peer support.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@julylilys07/20/2020 at 02:47AM

ohhhh that makes so much sense! wow thank you for the insight. I'm also working as a Spanish tutor. Would it be good to list it as work experience? The student transferred to a school in my community and he struggled with Spanish. I helped him raise his grade from a 67 to a 93 within a month. Should I list that? If so, how can I make it sound impressive?

@DebaterMAX07/20/2020 at 02:58AM [edited]

So I’d list it as community service/volunteering not as work is paid work or internships with a buisness or you work with a non profit on x thing like their social media. I’d say definitely quantify it I did some rudementry math and it was a roughly a 39% increase in grade.

.39 times 67 plus 67 equals just over 93