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College Resume Building: Staying on the Path

A simple guide to getting extracurriculars right for you
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Keith Berman

on 6 March 2015

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Transcript of College Resume Building: Staying on the Path

Staying on the Path College Resume Building The End (?) Mistakes that Will Take
You Off The Path The FIVE KEY GROUPS of STAKEHOLDERS
(The people who need to know) 1.) Underreporting -- anything that is not sitting on the couch, playing XBox and drinking Sunny Delight should be on your resume 2.) Emphasizing the school context instead of the global impact 3.) Thinking you are not unique 4.) Saying "I don't have enough time" 5.) Acting first, thinking second - "grinding"
* There are no points for suffering! It all essentially is the same mistake -- instead of thinking answering the question "who am I, what suits me, and how can I share that with people," students tend to use a quasi-logic that says "could I defend this to someone," which of course you always can! 6.) Finding strength in numbers What is a college resume? 1.) It is the activities that you perform that demonstrate your interests and personality 2.) It is the document that lists these activities Why do I need one? 1.) Colleges are trying to gauge who you are based on how you made use of your resources and the choices you made 2.) Colleges are trying to build a community of interests What "counts" on a college resume? 1.) Quality of commitment -- did you leave a legacy
in the activity you are performing? 2.) Validation- Can someone other than you attest to the fact that you went above and beyond extracurricularly? 3.) Love of learning -- Do you spend more time on self-improvement than on: Sconex/Friendster/MySpace/Facebook/BBM/AOL IM/iChat/Skype/Texting 4.) Variety -- Do you have activities that reflect your interests, and do you have more than one interest? Why even think about this now? 1.) Because you are ready! You are ready to impact our planet, which needs your help.

2.) Because you have talent! A writer is someone whose work can be read, an artist is someone whose work can be seen, a musician is someone who work can be heard, and you may be all three. 3.) Because finding ways to do what makes you who you are is a lot more fun than waiting for grownups to constantly tell you the next step, and it takes some time to find the right idea Portfolios beginART.com Soundclick.com Purevolume.com Volunteering in the
Real World Fundraisers that go
beyond the school Enlisting the help of
volunteers via, e.g., Serve.gov Creating a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and FirstGiving page Writing a blog, press releases, photographs Think about impact instead of counting hours Publish figment.com Siemens Intel Business plans Imagine Magazine Imagine Common myths 1.) You "need to be" an athlete, a tuba player, a neuroscientist or anything other than who you are

2.) If other people do it, it is right -- camps, group travel programs, mass activities run by adults -- these are not usually considered 'extracurricular' 3.) All college-bound students are on social media and have to spend time on that -- one of four is not, and the number is lower depending on selectivity of the school

4.) Extracurriculars require a group of people

5.) Colleges are looking for something in particular IN THIS ORDER, starting with the most important
1.) Your school college counselor
2.) Your recommending teachers
3.) Your college interviewers
4.) Coaches and professors
5.) The college admissions reader Examples! Summers Every summer, explore three things

a. An interest that is your own, in an organized way (in a program, with a faculty mentor)

b. A peer group that is more like the one you want to have in college

c. At least two fiction and two non-fiction books that will expand your horizons In the end, students who see the exploration that they did in high school continuing in college are:

1.) Easier to understand

2.) More fun to educate

3.) Easier to admit
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