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Your High School Guide to Building a College Application Resume!

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Brianna McCarthy

on 18 June 2015

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Transcript of Your High School Guide to Building a College Application Resume!

Let's Get Started!
Where are you in the college process?

Click one that defines you:

First step in the college process
What is a College Application Résumé?
How can you make a desirable résumé?
Easy! What are colleges looking for in you?
What you need on the way...
Extracurricular Activities!
Your High School Guide to Building a
College Application

Welcome to the beginning of your college process!
What do you want to be?
What's your dream?
Do you know any colleges you'd like to go to?
At this point of the college process, you are just starting to think about what you want to do. Or maybe you already have something in mind!
Your college process has just begun!
Please take a moment to fill out
the quick "Freshman" survey!
Now, let's head out on your trip through the college process!
Quick Tip!
Think about what classes you are going to take or have taken. Challenge yourself!
Now it's time you have thought about colleges!
Have you started searching for colleges online?
Start to plan you process.

Have you joined in and/or outside of school activities?
Quick Tip!
Start creating your own list of in and out of school activities! If you haven't been doing activities, now's a good time!
Please take a moment to fill out the quick "Sophomore" survey!
Now, let's head out on your trip through the college process!
with Brianna McCarthy
You're right in the middle of the college process!
Have you started making a college list?
Have you taken the SAT/ACT test?
Now, it's time for serious college research and visiting!
Quick Tip!
It's important that you have started your list of colleges and activities. If you haven't volunteered or done any extracurricular activity, now is the time start!!
Please take a moment to fill out the quick "Junior" survey!
Now, let's head out on your trip through the college process!
You're almost done!
Have you familiarized yourself with a college application?
Have you visited most colleges you're looking for?
Have you finalized your college list?
Now it's time for you to have everything ready to apply for college!
Quick Tip!
As a senior, it's important that you have talked with your college counselor. Make sure you talk with your counselor this year!
Please take a moment to fill out the quick "Senior" survey!
Now, let's head out on your trip through the college process!
the document you would send with your college application that highlights your accomplishments in high school and showcases your personal qualities and interests.
It should have everything from your GPA to working at an animal shelter over the summer!
Remember: Your college application résumé shows everything great about you... that means, don't be modest!
Ask yourself: "What is it that makes
unique, and how will I contribute to the life of a campus?"
Colleges love diversity! They want different people! Not everyone is perfect, everyone is unique in their own way.

Although, here are some qualities colleges would really like to see on your résumé:
It's important that you do things that show your leadership skills. Not everyone has leadership skills, but it is something you can start building now in high school!
“‘Not only does leadership distinguish a student in a competitive applicant pool from other students ([compare] a student body president to someone who has spent four years just going home and doing their homework) but also serves to foreshadow the impact the student could make on the college/university campus, and the potential impact they could make once they graduate.’”
-Emmi Harward, director of college counseling at The Bishop's School in La Jolla, California and the Executive Director of the Association College Counselors in Independent Schools
Do you set long term goals?
Colleges like to see how dedicated you are in things you do.
It's important that you show colleges your commitment in:
sports teams
community service
and more!
Don't forget to take some risks! Colleges like students who are active in their school, always trying different things.
Take advantage of opportunities
Be involved in organizations, sports teams, clubs and other activities.
If you haven't been active, now is your time!
“We like to see what you’ve done outside of class: your activities—both in school and in your community—and after-school jobs. We also look for activities in which your experiences or interests match the opportunities available at BU. Your special skills, talents, and accomplishments are also important in our review process.”

-Boston University Undergraduate Admissions
TIP #1:
Think about your goals, accomplishments and personal values to figure out how you can express yourself on applications.
For example:
Michael wants to be a surgeon. Last summer he made sure he went to a medical summer program at a college in Boston.

What a student does for extracurricular activities shows colleges a “snapshot” of their personality and interests.
"The activities that teens choose to take part in outside of the classroom tell prospective schools much more than grades on paper." - I Have A Plan. Iowa.
If you can successfully manage extracurricular activities, that shows colleges how responsible you are.
School Activities!
Click each type of Extracurricular Activities to learn more:
Community Activities!
Colleges love students who are involved in school!
That includes:
school sports teams
music/dance groups
student government
Serving Student Government shows leadership skills.
Being on the track team shows you can make long-term committments.

"Holly, college senior
Participation in high school activities helped Holly decide what she wanted to focus on in college." - College Board.com
Colleges like students who do activites out of school too!
That includes activites like:
local sports teams
local music/art groups
community theater
local clubs
intramural sports
Colleges appreciate students who are hard workers too!
That includes those who do:
summer jobs
part-time work
For example:
Working a part-time job as a student shows you're responsible and you can manage time.
Click on video:
Almost done! Just a quick reminder...
What does a college have to say?
"Syracuse University looks for these factors in a student’s application:
Preparation and Purpose
A student’s academic performance is a very important factor.
Senior year of high school accomplishments are important.
Choosing challenging courses.
Through the personal essay, a student can show their interests, goals, experiences, and values to the college.
Extracurricular Activities
The college will look at a student’s after-school activities, volunteer work or employment to see how each activity “illustrates your organizational and leadership skills” and commitment.
Strength of Character
The college is not looking only for academically prepared students.
The college choose students who strengthen and support those around them. " - Syracuse University Admissions

Syracuse University
Don't be too late!
I recommend you to start building your résumé. Just remember to add on to it as you do more things in high school!
“We are not fans of students who pad their list of activities in their junior and senior years to look more engaged.” - Jeff Rickey, Dean of Admissions of St. Lawrence University

Remember: Quality not Quantity!
Here is an example of an application resume:
One day you will impact the economy!
“Economics is the study of how people choose to use resources. Resources include the time and talent people have available, the land, buildings, equipment, and other tools on hand, and the knowledge of how to combine them to create useful products and services.”
- American Economic Association
Use the analogy that
, a student about to apply to colleges, are the “resources” and colleges would look at your developed character and personal qualities to choose their “resources” not only to positively impact their college campus but represent their institution.

After college, you would most likely be entering the workforce!
Thank you for your time! Have any questions? Contact your school's college counselor!
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