Volunteer Work: 3 Reasons To Lend A Helping Hand During College

With all the meetings, deadlines, to-do lists and don’t-forgets you’ll have prior to going to college and throughout your collegiate career, it’ll be hard to find free time, let alone time to fit in more activities.

However, if it’s at all possible, you should really consider volunteering or finding some philanthropic activity to supplement your agenda. Personal ethics aside, the tangible and intangible benefits of volunteering are more than worth it.

  •  “Leg Up” on the Competition

Most students don’t have any form of resume before attending college for mostly two reasons. One, they don’t have enough credentials to fill the page. Secondly, for the majority it’s unneeded.

Indeed, upon arriving to college you’ll learn that you are constantly working to improve it. Moreover, it’s not just compiling a resume you’ll be working towards, but individualizing it from the others it will be compared to when applying for jobs, internships or other positions.

Volunteering can be one of the game changers that sets you apart from that other applicant with a 4.0 GPA, especially if the position involves working well with other people. (hint: most positions do). If you can confidently put on your resume that you’ve complete 50 hours of community service, 100 hours, 200 hours, lets whoever in HR know you are a good citizen and have personal initiative.

  • Learn A Skill

Volunteering is a fantastic way to learn about a field you are interested to work in, or gain knowledge about a particular activity, without having to go through as rigorous interview process (for most volunteer opportunities).

For example, if you are thinking about teaching 3rd graders, but have never worked with them before, looking into an opportunity to help out a teacher at one of the elementary schools around your area for a class or so, could give you invaluable insight into where you want to steer your efforts academically.

  • Good For All

It may seem like the first two reasons I addressed defeat the point of volunteering, which is to do it for the sake of the cause, not another line on your resume. This is true, of course, but even if you start doing it for these reasons (like a lot of college students) more likely than not, you’ll recognize that it’s you making a difference in people’s lives that’s keeping you there.

Giving back, in any form, helps everyone collectively and once you devote your time it’ll be easier to grasp. Regardless, it’s important to keep an open mind and enjoy your time no matter what you do. It’s essential to stop looking at it as ‘work’ rather than fun, which will be necessary for any path you choose in life.

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Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack

Lawrence Mack is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in English. When he’s not exercising, eating, reading, writing short stories, or scouring the web, Lawrence is contributing to other blogs. An avid Harry Potter fan, self-proclaimed StumbleUpon and YouTube addict, and underrated when it comes to taking naps, Lawrence is looking forward to studying abroad in Thessaloniki, Greece over the Spring Semester of 2012.