For the sake of this thread, even though it’s not entirely true, assume I have a perfect UWGPA and SAT/ACT/SAT II scores, as well as copious amounts of 5s on AP tests. Basically, that I am academically competitive for these schools.
Track team: All four years, varsity sophomore year and onward
XC: JV junior year and onward
Peer Mentor: Junior year onward. Essentially helped students transition into the terror that high school can initially be. Acted as an advisor and a support group. Pretty selective program at my school, so not everyone can be one.
Mentor: I helped kids who weren’t quite understanding math. 10 or so hours cumulatively.
NHS: Junior year onward. Pretty self-explanatory. No special positions, volunteered at Catholic Relief Services for a little more than 20 hours. Helped package food, sort clothes, and that kind of thing for Latino immigrants who can’t speak English.
Job Shadowing: I shadowed a pediatrician on the job and saw the good, bad, and the dull parts of the job.
Lung Cancer Initiative 5k: Checked in race participants & cheered on runners (some people were survivors who were over 80 years old!). Not a lot of “deep” achievement here though.
WakeMed Spring Volunteer: Volunteered over 30 hours at WakeMed hospital. Did what typical volunteers do.
UNC Medical Center Summer Volunteer: Volunteered over 50 hours. Did what typical volunteers do. Got a little bit more patient interaction here.
Farms of the Future: I learned about sustainable agriculture methods and how a lot of them are actually more productive than industrialized monoculture. Then, I created a presentation to educate Raleigh Charter students about our current methods of agriculture and livestock raising, their detrimental effect on the environment, and more efficient, resource-conservative, and better-yielding farming techniques. Later, along with a group of other Raleigh Charter students, I went to Coon Rock Farm and saw first-hand the free range chickens, pasture-raised and grass-fed livestock, and helped plant some heirloom crops (red and white onions). Around 12 hours.
Triangle Land Conservancy: Helped maintain the area surrounding Temple Flat Rocks, clearing invasives and collecting seeds. Learned about the area and how it’s one of the few exposed granite outcroppings in NC, and how fragile its ecosystem is. About 12 hours (not in one sitting, of course :)).
Raleigh Parks and Recreation: At Fred Fletcher Park, I helped plant flower bulbs in Fred Fletcher Park along dirt patches we had dug up beforehand. I planted around 150 bulbs. They will bloom in the spring! Around 12 hours, again.
So, there’s my ECs and volunteering _____ (things? opportunities? experiences? Or do I just call it “volunteering” haha. My resume seems a little bit fluffy, now that I’m looking at it. Will that hurt me?
Any advice is much needed and well appreciated.