Being a successful applicant to professional schools of health is no longer just about the numbers. Admissions committees are looking beyond your high GPA and excellent admission test scores for tangible evidence that you also have the insight, empathy, compassion, and commitment that it takes to be a competent healthcare student and practitioner.
The best way to demonstrate these characteristics is by being engaged in volunteer, community service, and leadership activities throughout your undergraduate years. The insights you gain from active involvement in both on and off-campus endeavors will help you develop into a unique, multi-faceted individual... exactly what professional schools are looking for. Together with clinical shadowing, these experiences will provide you with vibrant materials to serve as the foundation for letters of reference, personal statements, and admissions interviews.
Now is the time to get started! Join a campus organization (or start one!) and take a leadership role. Become active in the Student Government Association and run for office. Volunteer at a community soup kitchen. Spend a weekend working on a Habitat for Humanity house. Cut firewood for local families as part of a Saturday Seahawk Surge. Plan and organize an on-campus blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross. The possibilities are endless. Check out the organizations below; this is not an exhaustive list, but it's a good beginning.
UNCW CLES: Community Service Directory of Local Non-Profit Organizations
Alternative Dispute Resolution Center
American Red Cross: Cape Fear Chapter
Alzheimers North Carolina, Inc.
Amigos Internacional, Wilmington, NC
ASAP: Autism Support and Programs
Brigade Boys and Girls Club
Cape Fear Clinic, Inc.
Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
Cape Fear Literacy Council
Cape Fear Volunteer Center
Carousel Center for Abused Children, Wilmington, NC
Communities in Schools, Cape Fear
Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington
Domestic Violence Shelter and Services, Inc., Wilmington, NC
DREAMS Center for Arts Education
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
Full Belly Project
Good Shepherd Center
Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
North Carolina Missions of Mercy
Smart Start of New Hanover County
The Salvation Army of Wilmington
WHAT: Wilmington Health Access for Teens
Wilmington Family YMCA
Work On Wilmington