Community service and college acceptance

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Community service and college acceptance

Parents are often surprised by my answer to how important is community service, because I’ll start by saying, “It’s not necessarily important.” Now what I mean by that is community service, of course, looks good on a college application – Providing service to community, getting involved with school activities; all of these extra-curricular are good because it shows a student is being active during high school. But one extra-curricular is not necessarily more important than another. So for example, I had a student who didn't have any school activities on his resume’, so he wasn't involved in sports, he didn't do extra-curricular community service, wasn't in a leadership position, but what he did was he followed his own passions and his own time. So he collected fish, he was ranked in chess, he played 5 different instruments and made electronic music – It’s not about being exceptional in any one thing, it’s not about picking one thing and that’s the one thing you have to do to get into college. It’s about being authentic, it’s about doing things that are interesting to you to see if you want to continue to do them. As long as you’re active throughout high school, college is going to see you in a good light.
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Danny Ruderman

Independent College Counselor

Danny Ruderman is a nationally recognized college counselor whose mission is to help as many families as possible navigate the admissions process.  

The Fontana High School and Stanford grad is the author of The Ultimate College Acceptance System and creator of college counseling programs used by school districts across the U.S. and Fortune 500 companies. He is known for his huge forehead and helping students get into schools that really match their interests. His newest book, Top 100 Answers to Your College Admissions Questions will be released in March 2013.

Danny graduated with Honors from Stanford University and holds a BA in Human Biology with an emphasis in Education. He was named a Merit Teacher for his work at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and worked as an educational therapist for K&M Associates in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). He has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, Between the Lines on PBS, College Bound Magazine, The Bill Handel Show, and Powernomics. Danny is also a regular contributor to Money 101 on KFWB in Los Angeles.

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