a year ago
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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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a year ago

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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