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Jul, 2019

Community Service: More Than a Resume Filler

Written by Alexis Abbott

When is the last time you set time aside to volunteer? If you must think about it, it's been far too long! Often, we are consumed with the hustle and bustle of daily life, failing to notice the needs of our communities. I know there are only 24 hours in a day, but there is always time to make life better. T
he time sacrificed is a worthwhile investment not only in yourself, but also in a life closer than you think. In fact, volunteering can benefit your health as well as your professional and personal development. 

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Health

Numerous studies show that volunteering isn't just good for your mind, it's also good for your body! By focusing your energy on problem-solving situations or challenges, it reduces stress and improves your overall mood. Researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science have found a link between self-reported levels of good health and happiness and formal volunteer work. Furthermore, a study by United Health Group says that 76% of people who have volunteered in the past twelve months say that volunteering has made them feel happier, and 94% of people report that it improves their mood. 78% of volunteers say that it has lowered their stress levels. 

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Personal and Professional Development

Alright, listen up Millennials and Gen X students, right about now you are applying or planning to apply to colleges all around the country. Most of you are also trying to make yourself stand out as a diamond in the rough among thousands of other applicants just like yourself. By now, you should also be aware that good grades alone are not going to cut it. The days of straight “A” students seeking are long gone. Admission boards want more than an astute student. They are seeking well-rounded students with passion, purpose and a vision. They want diverse leaders across race, gender, socio-economic backgrounds, and passions. By taking up a leadership position and applying academic skills within a non-profit or community service project, you are demonstrating real-world critical thinking skills, leadership qualities, and decision-making skills. For example, you can volunteer the writing skills you’ve acquired during AP English to a battered women's shelter to write press releases on the non-profit. Wala, you’ve successfully demonstrated you can write for a non-academic target audience. Make sure to participate in a community service initiative you can show growth in and have a personal interest so that you can hit the college essay prompt out of the park. 

Perhaps you have lost your sense of self and need to audit your passions again.  

Serving others will cause you to learn about your real-world strengths and weaknesses. By working on projects with real-life results you’ll find which activities stirrup your ambitions. 

Found your local cause yet? Make that change! 



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