Volunteer work or a paid job?

<p>I've been volunteering at the local hospital for over three years now (April 2007-present). During that time, I've moved up from working in the snack bar, to patient floors, and now to the Emergency Department. </p>

<p>Generally, do colleges prefer volunteer work or a paid job for students? I've seen a lot of posts that say that holding a paid job is more admirable, but I'm not sure I have time to get a job this summer.</p>

<p>I think they just want to see that you're doing something useful with your time and that you'd be a productive member of the community. You should do what you love and this helps the community - that's excellent!</p>

<p>EDIT - I'd recommend that you at least consider writing about it in one of your oh-so-fun essays.</p>

<p>Ok thanks so much</p>