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Beyond the College Application This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Semegne M, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

College. Isn’t that the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of community service and extracurriculars? That was what I thought when I was in ninth grade. I though that vast amount of community service and extracurriculars would boost my chance of getting into any university I apply to.

However, community service is more than that. It’s more than just for the sake of adding it to your college application. The Oxford Dictionary defines community service as unpaid work, intended to be of social use. You see, community service is not work we do for our sake, it’s work for others who need help. Community service is community service if we put dedication and interest in it. It needs our passion and perseverance. This will in turn aid others who are in need.

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