I don't want to tie this specifically, but I'm wondering why I hear that high school students should do volunteer work to prepare for their college applications.
I'm willing to believe that doing volunteer work can be valuable in all sorts of ways, and that its value might be recognized by admissions folks at colleges.
What I'm wondering is: what do college admissions folks see as the value of volunteer work?
What other values does volunteering have?
My guess is that:
--College admissions folks see volunteering as demonstrating that the student has an interest outside him/herself, and thus would be an interesting member of the community, where interesting is about being involved and active in learning.
--College admissions folks may see volunteering as indicative of an attitude of "giving" which may translate into donations to the college. (Cynical, but there it is.)
If my first guess is right, then it's not the volunteering per se that the college is looking for, but a sense of engagement outside oneself. A student could demonstrate that in a lot of ways.
But I'm also wondering how many students gain nothing by volunteering (except a line on a resume) because they aren't really engaged by what they're doing, aren't really learning from it, or creating a meaningful experience.
Okay, genius of the interwebs, tell me if and why volunteering may be important to college admissions folks, please.