Volunteer Your Time, Gain College Admission (Maybe)
You may not have straight A’s in high school, and you may not get a gold star on each assignment, but there’s something else that college admissions officers are searching for: well-rounded students.
They don’t want just anyone. They want future leaders! For some students, that can mean active involvement in the community. My College Guide has tips on why you may want to consider volunteering your time, especially when it comes to getting into college!
Volunteer Your Time, Gain College Admission
So many students look alike when comparing ACT / SAT test scores and GPAs, but the thing that sets them apart is extracurricular activities and volunteering! You may be involved in your school, but are you involved in your community?
When it comes to volunteering, there are many options! The key is to choose something that you will enjoy, so you can stick with it!
A few common volunteering options in most communities include: the library, food pantry, church groups and activities, after school programs, and groups like Habit for Humanity.
This isn’t a magic fix it if your grades are severely lacking. But it can certainly help enhance what you’ve already got!
Other Reasons to Volunteer
Besides the obvious — that it’s really nice to help others and feels pretty good, too — did you know that volunteering can land you new college scholarship opportunities?
When it comes to actually getting into college — and paying for college — there are a lot of college scholarships solely for community-minded students just like you.
You may want to start your scholarship search locally as many organizations look for students in their immediate area that are actively making a difference. From there, branch out into national organizations looking for the same thing!
If you are considering a job in public service, there’s something you should know about: The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Under this program, federal education loans are forgiven after ten years of full-time employment in public service. Of course, you have to have made 120 payments, but that can really help out!
There are as many reasons to volunteer as there are places to do so! Think about what you can fit into your schedule and what sounds interesting to you.
Who knows, this could lead you into a whole new career option that you never would have considered before!