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Does Community service help with college?


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Sirlei’s Answer

Hi Junxi,

Yes, community work is definitely something positive to have on your resume.
Showing you have empathy for others, that you can manage your time between school, other priorities like work and extra curricular activities and community service are also important.
I'd recommend that the community service be meaningful to you, that you would plan on staying engaged with for a long period. A one time thing on a Saturday morning really doesn't count.

Best of luck!

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Tamara’s Answer

Community Service not only helps for college, but for personal growth. Life is always about helping someone that is in need of assistance. When you grow in life, always reach back and help someone to grow in theirs. By giving back, you'll not only help someone, but it teaches you something different and new about yourself. Something that you can share with the world and continue to help make it a better place.

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Jeffrey’s Answer

Hi Junxi,

It could help. You might discover that you enjoy the work and want to develop it into a career. In that case college would help you acquire more of the skills you need to do this work at a more professional level. For instance, if you volunteer to work in a food kitchen, you might decide that maybe you want to be a community organizer or understand better the needs of the people you are serving. That could lead to taking classes in sociology or urban studies. So you work on the same problems but come to them with a deeper understanding and a new set of skills.

Hope this helps.

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Yasemin’s Answer

HI Junxi ! Most definitely! While SATS/ACTS and GPAs are important, colleges also want to see who you are as a person. I was involved with a club as a high school student and we would do a variety of community service events. I think it's important to pick a community service you like and have meaningful interactions with it. Maybe you like to tutor or volunteer in an animal shelter? These are just some ideas, I don't think you have to do TOO many things but make them meaningful and showcase to colleges who you are as an applicant/person and why they should accept you. Pick an activity and stick with it for a longer time; I also think sports, clubs/activities are also helpful especially for teamwork and being involved. You can also do a variety of them, but make sure to have balance with grades and definitely reach out for service!

I hope this helps!
Best of luck!

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Simeon’s Answer

It can help some with your application, but I wouldn't overdo it with too many groups since it's definitely not the strongest consideration in the quality of your applications. It's more about your grades and school performance than how many groups you're in.

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Rowena’s Answer

You will learn how to be responsible, recognizing the importance of sharing or giving and experiencing genuine helping other people. You will feel self fulfillment, happiness and grateful when you put a Smile on People's Face. You can also share your skills, knowledge and personal experiences and even change lives of those people you are helping. For my personal experiences, As I grow older, I discover that I have two hands - one for helping myself and the other one is for helping others. God will bless us more.

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Lauren’s Answer

Hi Junxi,
Good Question! I think volunteering and/or getting involved in community service initiatives is very important when it comes down to helping you get into college. But it'll also help later on when you eventually start looking for jobs. By establishing early on that you care about your community, the people around you, and society as a whole - it can definitely play a huge part in differentiating you from other candidates. Colleges and companies in general are looking for people who are willing to make a difference and lead through purpose. It can ultimately be a rewarding experience that provides you with new perspectives and future personal growth opportunities.

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