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If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been told volunteer work is something admissions boards look for on your college application. For some of you, volunteer work is something you’ve already had to do as part of an organization or for a student government class. You already know where you can log those hours! For others, volunteer work is something completely new.
If you’ve never volunteered before, and are not quite sure where to start, read on!
Why do colleges care if I volunteer?
As a high school student, there’s not a whole lot you can include on your resume just yet. You haven’t earned a degree. You have little-no work experience, and chances are, that work experience is a part-time job completely unrelated to what you want for your future career. So how can you show a potential college what kind of person you are and what you’re capable of? Volunteer work, extra-curricular activities, leadership roles, standardized test scores, sports involvement, GPAs, and your essay will all do their part in shaping who you are as an individual. There is no golden ticket for college admission, but anything that can make a statement about who you are, helps.
Where can I find out about volunteer work?
Finding potential places to volunteer can be an annoying process, especially if you’re unsure on where to look. Start off by talking to your guidance counselor. You may also want to look in newspapers, bulletin boards at your school, church, or town hall, or just by doing a Google search online. As to which places have been the most enjoyable to volunteer, you may want to ask around. Chances are, your classmates have had to volunteer as well, and could give you an honest review about what volunteering at a specific place is like.
At what type of places could I volunteer?
Volunteer work has something for everyone, no matter where your interests lie. If you pick something you have an interest in, you’re more likely to enjoy as well as take something away from your volunteer work. You may even be inspired to continue working within the same area in college. The following is a list of places that may need volunteers.
- Animal shelters
- Nursing homes
- Thrift stores
- Soup kitchens
- Homeless shelters
- Family shelters
- Environmental groups
- Community events
- Mentor programs
How do I get involved?
No matter where you choose to volunteer, you probably won’t be turned down. Everyone could use some free help. If there isn’t a contact person meant for those interested in volunteering, you can start just by calling/emailing the company/organization.
How committed do I need to be?
Volunteer work can be fit around anyone’s schedule. There are some places, such as hospitals and animal shelters, may require a certain amount of training, followed by set hours to volunteer. Other places, such as soup kitchens, may allow you to come and go whenever you’re free without any training needed. You can volunteer as much or as little as you can.
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You’ve probably heard from countless teachers, counselors and parents that the best way to build your resume for college is to do well in school, participate in clubs, rack up those volunteer hours and work a part-time job. All of those things are great and will look pretty flashy on your college application, but have you ever considered an internship? Sure you’re only in high school, but here are four reasons you might want to apply for an internship before you graduate:
The Obvious Resume Builder: Having an internship while you’re still in high school will demonstrate to college admissions your hunger to learn—especially considering that most internships are unpaid. It can help prove that you’re motivated, that you go above and beyond, and that you’d be an asset to fall’s incoming freshman class.
Insight on Your Future Major: Yesterday you wanted to be a high-powered lawyer. Today you’re thinking more along the lines of becoming a super chill art teacher. Tomorrow, who knows what will pique your interest? Applying for—and hopefully getting—an internship in a field you think you’re interested in is a proven way to figure out what you truly like. If you love your internship and choose to major in that area, you already have a little insight and experience that most college freshmen won’t have. If you decide you don’t like the field in which you completed your internship, you saved your future self a lot of extra time and tuition.
You Probably Have the Time: As a high school student, you are in a unique position. You have three months of summer vacation, and you probably don’t have to work forty hours a week to pay your bills. Before you’re bombarded with harder classes, more papers, and eventually a full-time job with major bills to pay, explore some of your interests through internships while you’re still comfortably living with your parents.
A View of the Real World: Going through high school can be like living in a bubble. It’s important to gain an accurate perspective of what the “real world” is like. Between Bring Your Child to Work Day and your first real job, there’s not a lot of time between to get a glimpse of what having a real job is like. A strong perspective on what you’re going to college for will help you to see the big picture as you go through your coursework.
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