College admissions officers, school guidance counselors and college advisors are often asked: “Does community service matter?” Talk to different people and you will get different answers.
My answer : it depends. There’s no single definition of community service. It depends on the individual and how s/he wants to use their talents to benefit others.
What else does it depend on?
Volunteerism has always been prevalent in most communities. There are many ways that high school students can volunteer, in and outside or school, whether it be to help people in need or prepare for a future. Good college admissions officers know that there are many ways to perform community service, and that it does not always need to be on a list of each student’s achievements and qualifications for admission. They also know how to distinguish the honest and sincere from the pack.
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