Service Hours: How To Get The Most Experience As A Student
The ambiguous nature of service hours can make them confusing for students. This article explains everything a high-schooler needs to understand about accumulating hours.
How Many Do I Need?
- Some high schools require a certain number of service hours to graduate. These can be accrued throughout middle and high school, in-class and out-of-class.
- Even if your school doesn’t require it, they’re important to obtain. It’s a chance to help your community and exercise leadership skills. Also, their total absence will be conspicuous on college applications.
- According to this article, anywhere from 50-200 hours is impressive to colleges.
Quality, not Quantity
- It’s more impressive to log an hour of service for an organization every week since freshman year than 100 hours in the summer before senior year.
- This consistency shows that you care about whom or what you’re serving.
- Thus, it’s prudent to be in it for the long haul when you begin serving an organization.
- On an application, service hours help college admissions officials understand you and your passions. Thus, they’re not the end-all, be-all of elements on a college application.
- Consider causes you care about. This will help narrow your research.
- Staying involved in clubs makes discovering opportunities more seamless. For example, service clubs, theater, and Allied Sports offer countless volunteer hours.
- Also, it’s important to examine your school or school district’s definition of valid service hours.
- A nearly universal strategy, if you’re at the end of your rope: research soup kitchens in your city.