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Learn why volunteering is so important to the college admissions process

If you look into the future, way ahead to 12th grade, that's the time when you'll be

submitting your college applications.

And when you do, it'll be absolutely essential that you have some volunteering or work experience

on your resume.

Although it may seem difficult to find the time to volunteer time toward a cause that

offers no payment in return, the benefits you’ll draw from the experience will end

up being a worthwhile experience.

In this video, I'm gonna explain why it's so important to volunteer while you're in

high school.

And in the next video, we're gonna start exploring some different ways that you can volunteer

in your community.

Do not underestimate the value of having a job.

Some of you may need to work!

Ok, so let's break it down.

Why's it so important to volunteer or work?

One reason is that you're gonna gain new skills.

With each new volunteer activity or job, comes training.

This training may seem basic or trivial at first, but you'll actually be learning skills

that will be useful in the future.

For example, if you volunteer at a school-supply drive, in your community and you help organize

the supplies, you might learn how to use a spreadsheet to keep track of the inventory.

And this skill provides a great foundation for a job in management, or running a small

business.

Volunteer work or working at a job is also a great way to impress admissions professionals.

There’s a lot of high school students applying to college with impressive academic records.

The gpa’s and standardized test scores start to matter less, though, especially when you’re

applying to the more selective schools and you’re up against thousands of applicants

with those same academic credentials.

How do you stand out?

Volunteering or even helping out your family by having a job is a great way to show admissions

officials that you not only care about the community and family, but are able to manage

your time well enough to balance a volunteer job, along with your other commitments.

But a commitment to a single cause throughout your time in high school, will look really

impressive to admissions officials.

You may actually be able to earn academic credit, from volunteer work.

Some high schools require students to do a certain number of volunteer hours in order

to graduate.

And some schools offer something called "service-learning" as a part of the curriculum, which means you

can earn academic credit from volunteer work.

This kind of program is growing in popularity, so make sure to ask your guidance counselor

about volunteer opportunities that may be offered by your school.

And here's something you may not know: you may be able to earn scholarships from your

volunteer work.

There's something called a "community service scholarship", and they're growing in popularity.

These awards are great for helping to pay for that first year on campus.

Volunteering is also a great way to give time to others.

One of the most selfless acts you can do is donate your time, and talents.

Teens who are busy but still find the time to do volunteer work show outstanding character,

and a desire to really make a difference in their community.

Volunteering is also a fun way to get involved outside of school.

Getting involved in some volunteer work may lead you to meet people you wouldn’t have

otherwise, especially if your community service takes place off of school grounds.

Lots of high school students focus on extracurricular activities related to their schools – like

sports, music, and after-school clubs.

But there’s a lot of value in getting involved outside of your school.

The more people you meet, especially while doing something worthwhile like volunteering,

the more contacts you’ll have when you’re ready to move on from high school and apply

to colleges.

So those are some of the reasons why it's so important to volunteer.

But the most important reason of all, by far, is that volunteer work can be a life-changing

experience...one that allows you to expand your horizons, and develop meaningful new

relationships.