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What is a good amount of volunteer/community service hours to have?

ilikeUWilikeUW Posts: 1,127Registered User Member
edited July 2009 in University of Washington
I'm going to be a Junior after this summer and currently have 110 community service hours.
I was wondering what a good number to aim for would be...

I'd like to hear those that are applying for UW, entering UW this fall, or in already. Thanks!
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Replies to: What is a good amount of volunteer/community service hours to have?

  • tokdoctokdoc Posts: 370Registered User Member
    ilike-It's not about the number of hours at all. It's about investing your passion in an activity that enriches those around you in some way over a substantial period of time. The more creative the better.
  • ilikeUWilikeUW Posts: 1,127Registered User Member
    okay that's true.. but in all reality, there is a "good" number of hours.

    -i have fed poor people @ a church
    -i have planted trees at a park as well as cut out invasive species
    -i create events where the community can participate in (Im a leader)
    -sorted food at a Hopelink facility (place that helps poor people)
    - organized paper there

    and maybe some more...

    I think that is creative.. maybe a little more diveristy and I should be fine with that factor. but i want to know what is a "good" amount of hours?
  • tokdoctokdoc Posts: 370Registered User Member
    LOL-It's best if these activities extend over a period of years and it's better yet if they reflect the same passions you talk about in your essays. You want a "coherent" application rather than a bunch of diverse, scattered, activities.
  • tokdoctokdoc Posts: 370Registered User Member
    You might want to do an advanced search here on CC and check out all of Northstarmom's posts on EC's. Very informative.
  • spaceneedlespaceneedle Posts: 415Registered User Member
    I only had 54 and had no trouble getting in.
  • ilikeUWilikeUW Posts: 1,127Registered User Member
    spaceneedle, what were your stats like?

    sats?
    gpa?
    ap/honors classes?
    other extra currics?

    sorry, im just paranoid that i wont get in :/
  • wakesnowboard17wakesnowboard17 Posts: 82Registered User Junior Member
    I agree completely with tokdoc. I had only about 20 hours. They don't care about the number of hours, rather what you learned from them and what this his taught you to prepare you for your future. Even though I didn't have many opportunities to do community service, I well represented what I learned from them and how they helped me grow as a person, while at the same time helping others. If community service is a huge part of your life, write your essay about it, if it is really a passion of yours, and it will show.
  • ilikeUWilikeUW Posts: 1,127Registered User Member
    Yeah.. I actually do think that doing community service has impacted my life in ways that other things could never do. I feel like I should do more hours though, like I'm obligated... I guess I'll keep doing more but I won't kill myself trying to get more and more...
  • PikachiuPikachiu Posts: 50Registered User Junior Member
    tokdoc is right. when talking about your activities, UW's app gives a lot of room for you to explain. I mean +100hrs is great but what makes it impressive is when you can genuinely talk about why you did that, which definitely helps if you're passionate about it.
  • spaceneedlespaceneedle Posts: 415Registered User Member
    ilikeUW: my stats were not that impressive i don't think, but solid enough obviously.

    GPA: 3.5 UW (4.3 W)
    SAT: 1940 (580CR, 640M, 720W)
    7 AP classes (took 9 tests), rest honors
    a couple clubs, a sport and the 54 hours

    I'm also out-of-state.
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