College Application Essay Ucla Medical Center

Non-Student Volunteers

Non-Student Program

Our Non-Student Volunteer Program is designed for individuals who are no longer enrolled in school programs, but wish to volunteer as a way of giving back, or for personal self-fulfillment. These individuals are often retirees, those with established careers, or other persons who have available time and are flexible to volunteer in different areas according to their interests.

Our Volunteering Opportunities

We have many volunteer opportunities at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. There are many different departments available for Non-Student/Adult volunteers, so there is an opportunity to accommodate any volunteer with any type of schedule. Volunteer opportunities are based on the current needs of requesting departments and on the volunteer's suitability, experience and time commitment. Hours are flexible varying by program, with evening and weekend hours available in some departments.

Applying to Volunteer

Due to the overwhelming interest in our volunteer program at UCLA Health, we have revised the volunteer application and intake process. All prospective volunteers must first send a completed application in addition to a 500-word essay, stating the applicant's reasons for volunteering to:

Volunteer Services
757 Westwood Plaza #B791
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Once the essays and applications are received and reviewed, you will be called for an interview. Click button below to download the non-student application.

Non-Student Application  


  • Completion of a Non-Student Volunteer application form
  • Complete and pass a required background check
  • Agreement to volunteer for 100 hours within six months; commitment of four hours per week
  • Completion of all required immunizations, including TB test(s), MMR, and Varicella
  • Completion of all required volunteer forms.

To have an application sent to you or for further information regarding the Non-Student/Adult Volunteer Program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, please call the Volunteer Services Department at (310) 267-8180, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note that the office is closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch.


Note: There is only one application for all the UC schools. Therefore, your responses will be sent to every single University of California school that you apply to. Hence, avoid making essays school-specific (unless you are applying to only one school).


To choose which questions to answer, first browse the eight prompts as a list, and sort them into one of three categories: “definites,”“possibilities,” and “avoid at all costs.” With “definites,” after reading the prompt, you immediately know what you will say and how you will say it. With “possibilities,” a few vague ideas swirl in your head, which you think can be sorted out and possibly develop into a great essay. With “avoid at all costs,” you want to have nothing to do with these essays.


Afterwards, jot down bullet point ideas for the questions you for sure want to write about. Then, select out of the “possibility” questions that would, in combination with your “definites,” produce the most well-rounded essay profile, which would both highlight your few key strengths as well as reveal your complexities and breadth of character. While doing so, it is important to base your decision on not only your immediate liking for the topic, but also on the available substance (anecdotes). Repeat this process until you are faced with only four questions.


This is just one way to approach choosing prompts. Since for some, the process happens organically, do not feel constrained to the method above. Just remember:


  1. Do not rush into prompts at first glance. Make sure that you have jotted down potential ideas for all but the ones you want to avoid, and ultimately write about the one with the most substance.
  2. Your answers should be able to highlight what is most important to you.

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