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07/21/2020 at 10:42PM

Are parish activities accredited towards college applications?

I am a sophomore in high school and I have been altar serving at my Catholic parish for almost 8 years now. I am aware some colleges do not count these types of activities as community service, and some people have recommended me to add this to my application from a more commitment standpoint. Can this be counted as an extra-curricular? And, if so, how can I make it appear more impactful?

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07/21/2020 at 11:50PM

hey, former catholic here. sure, it counts, but more of as a personal-growth type of activity than something worth merit. my advice on how to make it more meaningful is 1) you can incorporate into an essay to discuss the themes of personal development, how religion/beliefs have shaped your worldview and how those beliefs have changed, community, commitment, etc OR 2) use this title to your advantage to gain the favor of your priest/pastor and either lead a community service effort w your church or partner with some sort of equality/human rights charity or organization (since generosity is a pillar of Christianity; it’ll probably be welcomed). being an altar server is (no offense) not an impressive activity to colleges from a statistical standpoint but its a topic in which you can showcase your personal strengths and growth journey. hope this helps!

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@DebaterMAX07/22/2020 at 05:32AM

Also be self aware of what you write you never know if the AO reading it is an atheist or a religious person. So keep that in mind. Also common sense and you likely aren’t I feel the need to say it though don’t be offensive to groups of people like lgtbq etc