The college application process is usually what they call a “holistic” process, which means that no one factor is the “make or break” element in any application. SAT scores, course selection and GPA are some of the more important elements, but there are other factors that play into making you look “cooler than everyone else” in the application pool. One of these extras is Community Service. If you have time and interest, you should find a non-profit organization to work with. Your school may have a Service Club or Interact Club, which can help to point you towards some opportunities.
As with all things you do in the college application process, you should never simply do a “resume filler” activity. Try something in which you have an interest, try something you have never done and hope to try. This is a time in your life when you should be trying to find out what your interests are, and as I mentioned in an earlier piece, if your main interest is playing computer games, your application will not look as competitive as the student who chose to organize a bone marrow drive, or collect clothing for orphans.
On Guam we have quite a few options and, next Sunday, January 18, there will be a community service fair at Micronesia Mall from 1-4pm. There will be more than 15 organizations which will be present to tell you about what they do and how they do it. Chances are you are not aware of all the options you have so show up at the mall and learn about what you can do.