Volunteering

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by chesapeake20, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. chesapeake20

    chesapeake20 New Member

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    I am very lacking in the volunteering and community participation part of what it takes to get in. I am just not sure how to incorporate this into everything else with already rigorous participation in sports, school, and work. I know everyone else who is applying knows how to do it but I can't seem to figure it out.
     
  2. craeder

    craeder Member

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    A couple of ideas to get your creative juices flowing. The main thing is that you pick something that you are passionate about so you stick with it:

    - Personal interest-- my DS (who received an appointment in Feb.) was always interested in military history and so when he noticed that people in the community who had served (like his Dad) weren't recognized in the annual Memorial Day parade, he offered to help identify others. Because of his passion, this was much easier for him to get involved in and lead.

    - Alternatively, look for something through your school -- I am sure there are plenty of opportunities that give back to your school, and if there aren't, start up an initiative yourself (which helps with leadership!). If nothing comes to mind, maybe speak with your guidance counselor at school for ideas that he/she has for making your school stronger?


    - Is there an outside organization that you are currently involved in or would like to be, like your church (homeless shelter or food pantry?), a youth group, a charitable group (Avon breast cancer) or a sporting organization (help coach underprivileged kids)? Groups are always looking for volunteers and your help would be welcomed.

    If you allow yourself some time to think about what really appeals to you, you will find the right thing which will help the community, regardless of where you are applying to college.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Wyofalcon

    Wyofalcon Member

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    A Few more ideas

    I worked at a BSA Summer Camp for free, I ended up getting 400+ hours of service and honestly enjoyed it all! And Now it has paid off!
     
  4. logan.braden

    logan.braden New Member

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    I'm currently volunteering at a local animal rescue in my town. Like craeder said find something you are passonate about. My love for animals and in particular dogs has fueled my desire to keep coming back. Bottom line find something that you are interested by and you'll find that the hours dont matter as much as the service you are giving to your community.
     
  5. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    For most people, volunteering comes naturally from/is an extension of their other interests.

    As for time, you always have time for what's important to you. And I guarantee that, at USNA, you will have 3x as much to do and half the time in which to get it done. It comes down to planning and time management.
     

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