There has been a steady rise in the number of students taking up volunteer work over the last few years. This suggests that volunteering has a positive effect on a student’s ability to gain a place at University, and maybe even have a positive effect on their Resume for when they apply for a job. Obviously, a student needs to dedicate a lot of his time to studying, and volunteering takes time away from a student. On the other hand a university may look more favorably upon a student who is more rounded and does not spend every waking moment engrossed in study.
A productive use of your time
There are other less academic reasons for volunteering. There is the benefit of knowing you are doing something worthwhile with your time. You could be getting drunk or playing your Playstation 3, or could be doing something more productive with your time.
Find new friends
Volunteering is a great place to meet people and make new friends or even find the love of your life. Just do not make it obvious that you are only there to meet people. The situation is different from people you work with because they are forced to be at work.
You can add it to your Resume
It couldn’t hurt to mention any unpaid volunteer work you have done, even if it is something as mundane as online tutoring.
It increases your worldly experience
This sounds like the wishy-washy advice you would get from a book by a lazy or clueless author, but on a more literal note, one day you are going to be an old person looking back at your life. It is the experiences that are outside of the norm that you are going to remember. You are not going to remember the specifics of a Thursday where you worked 8 hours and came home.
It can be fun
If you have $1500 to spare then you could spend a month feeding baby wolves in a private reserve in the enclosed forests of Europe.
You can gain unique experience
You can get experience with companies and organizations that would not otherwise be available to you (i.e. they would never pay you/employ you to work for them).
Meghan is a college graduate and a writer for education portal Scholar Advisor, where you can find writing tips, essay examples and essay writing guides.