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12/11/2020 at 10:21PM

How would admissions officers perceive this activity?

I recently started volunteering with the website https://www.7cups.com/, where volunteer "listeners" complete a training session (at least 30 minutes) and then anonymously chat with and provide emotional support for people who want it. From what I know, this isn't entirely a common activity, so I'm not sure how college admissions officers would perceive it if I do put it on my applications. (For the record, I'm currently a junior.)

I feel like not all volunteer activities are made equal. For example, sometimes building houses in places like Africa can be viewed negatively, especially if it's done on a trip that costs a lot of money and involves more tourism than volunteer work. My question is whether 7 Cups would also fall into the category of potentially being viewed negatively, especially because there is a stigma around mental health and related issues.

I will probably continue volunteering with the site either way just because it's meaningful to me. But if it could hurt my chances of admission to top colleges (I'm hoping for at least one Ivy-level college), I'll just leave it off.

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12/12/2020 at 03:49AM

So what exactly are touring is it volunteering or is it more like unpaid work? Also are you interested in some sort of education or mental health major?

As I say it’s not the job that matters it’s what you do at the job that matters and the frequency. Anything over 1hr/week I’d wouldn’t auto-discard under is case by case. Is the responsibility simply busy work or are you like an employee? Ask yourself if it was a job would you be paid or would it just be “helping out?”

Hope this helps and feel free to comment if you’s like clarification as I’d be more than happy to help!

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@alohomora12/12/2020 at 04:00AM

It's entirely volunteer work - I'm not paid at all. I also spend more than an hour per week on the site, but I'm not sure how it fits with my other activities. I've always wanted to do a STEM-related major, but I don't really know specifics. I've also spent over a year trying to get a volunteer tutor position because it coincides with my interests, but every attempt just keeps fizzling out. I guess I just feel all over the place right now, if you get what I mean.

@DebaterMAX12/12/2020 at 04:40AM

So by is a job I mean the responsibilities are something you might be paid or is it more just minor tasks? Like running social media or is it like you help pack boxes. Hope that makes sense

@DebaterMAX12/12/2020 at 04:41AM

For stem there’s no auto no or yes. If it was special education or mental health related I’d definitely do it so just don’t factor that in is my advice.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@alohomora12/12/2020 at 06:42PM

Yeah I meant that it's pretty close to a job because it's pretty much like being an online therapist. I chat one-on-one with people on the site, help them work through their emotions, and refer them to other resources if necessary.

@DebaterMAX12/12/2020 at 07:22PM

Then yes it’s more impresssive than just minor tasks. I’d definitely include it based on what you said.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@alohomora12/12/2020 at 09:27PM

Alright, thank you! I appreciate all the time you spent answering my long-winded question :)