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200 hours of volunteer work per year?

supsup Registered User Posts: 1,322 Senior Member
edited June 2005 in High School Life
I heard that most people who got into an Ivy-League did around 200 hours of volunteer work each year...is this true?

Also, what are all of you doing for volunteer work? (not including those that involve clubs)
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Replies to: 200 hours of volunteer work per year?

  • staticsoliloquystaticsoliloquy Registered User Posts: 1,496 Senior Member
    i did around 300 hrs in...8 months. it's not impossible.
  • iwantfoodiwantfood . Posts: 579 Member
    I'm getting 75 hours in 2 weeks this summer...so I guess it's possible to get 300 hours just during the summer :o
  • poison.ivypoison.ivy Registered User Posts: 496 Member
    i got 60 in one week.
  • EnjoiEnjoi . Posts: 242 Junior Member
    i did 2000 in 1.5 years
  • glucose101glucose101 Registered User Posts: 5,264 Senior Member
    Yall are insane! Go get a job...!
  • EnjoiEnjoi . Posts: 242 Junior Member
    haha, helping others aint insane my friend. Its a passion...
  • Becky12Becky12 Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    i actually don't sleep, so i have 23482038920 hours of service to disabled children and old people
  • supsup Registered User Posts: 1,322 Senior Member
    what else have you people done? besides go do an elderly house
  • cowgirlatheartcowgirlatheart Registered User Posts: 855 Member
    I understand how people can do a lot of volunteering if it is their "major" EC. What I don't get is how people can say they are in all APs/IB, they rank #3 in the country on every damn science contest, have won music awards, founded 3 clubs, are valedictorian, are class president and still manage to volunteer 200+ hours a year (not including summer). And I thought I was busy.

    Back on topic. For volunteering I do a number of events (yearly ones)... like my community's Greek Festival (I am Greek!), the city Youth Week, etc. Also I am a school "Rowdy" which means I am on hand for freshman orientation, arts nights, interviews, registration, etc. There are random other things during the year when I have time. It all adds up.
  • staticsoliloquystaticsoliloquy Registered User Posts: 1,496 Senior Member
    to "cowgirlatheart"...that's what make them different from everyone else. that's what gets them into top colleges. if everyone could do that, then it wouldn't be so special anymore now would it?

    from Disney's Incredibles: "Because when everyone is incredible, no one is."
  • fhshortie08fhshortie08 Registered User Posts: 744 Member
    lol, nicely put, staticsoliloquy :) [that movie was suprisingly good]

    anways, i suppose i did around 200 hours for IB
    i volunteered at:
    + the local Foodbank
    + the SPCA (animal shelter if ya don't know what that is)
    + local events like parades
    + public radio and tv stations by answering the phone for pledges
    + the Bay, helping to clean the area
    + middle schools - assisting the field hockey team
    + a senior citizen holiday ball
    + my old elementary school - help set up and run the fall festival

    eh that's all i can think of at the moment...oh yeah i'm not going to an Ivy League school so I'm not sure if that's true or not.
  • SwordMaidenSwordMaiden Registered User Posts: 253 Junior Member
    Its very possible...im getting about 35 a week during the summer...by the end of the summer, ill have acccumulated almost 300 hrs...so yea, its very possible
  • cowgirlatheartcowgirlatheart Registered User Posts: 855 Member
    I agree with you, but I don't dwell on those people.
    Everyone has something that makes them different than everybody else, including you and me ;) It's important to focus on your passions.
    Just because we're not superhuman doesn't mean we won't get into the best schools. Not everybody is like that, which is why it's important to have faith in life.
  • oasisoasis Registered User Posts: 2,069 Senior Member
    Volunteering should be based on a passion to help; that should be one's first and foremost concern of doing volunteer work. Hours, honors, and college applications come far later. Forcing oneself to do 2000+ hours just to get into HYPSM will reward one with only needless pain and suffering.
  • supsup Registered User Posts: 1,322 Senior Member
    Nobody really does volunteer work for passion. Just ask yourself, would you really spend a couple hundred hours a year if you got nothing out of it?
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