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How to Start a Community Service Project

Question: I understand that college application people like service projects, especially ones that students start themselves. I live in the Southeast, in a small town, so there aren't many opportunities. How do I start a service project on my own?

Admission officials are always pleased to see that students have given time to others, but, frankly, "community service" has become such an application imperative that it doesn't carry the clout that it used to. Thus, I advise students to take on projects that genuinely engage them and not merely those that they feel might "look good" on paper. If nothing comes to mind, your time might be better spent working at the Waffle House or Piggly Wiggly (which looks good on applications, too!)

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