Tips For Creating a Resume in High School
When students apply for college admission, they are competing with thousands of other candidates throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to strong course rigor and standardized exams, one of the most profound way a student can differentiate their candidacy from another is what they are doing outside of the classroom. Joining a few clubs is not a distinguishing factor. Being on a few sporting teams is not a distinguishing factor. Volunteering for a few hours is not a distinguishing factor. Building a resume to highlight certain themes is important when putting together a college application package.
As an educational consultant in Franklin and Brentwood, TN, I have met so many students who either excel at resume building or fall short. That’s not to say that it’s “too late” by the time senior year rolls around, but the earlier a student begins to build their resume with impactful and impressive extracurricular activities, the better chance they have when their file hits an admission committee’s desk.
Enrichment should not be a random list of activities the student has done since grade 9. It should be strategically thought out. Below are some key features to consider:
-Demonstrate what your passion is. How do you spend your free time?
-How do you give back to under-represented populations?
-How are you deepening your knowledge in a particular field or topic?
-How are you building upon your current skillset?
-How are you leaving a legacy behind?
Summer break is an excellent time to begin building upon the student resume. Volunteer work, internships, enrichment residential programs, leadership, research, and dual enrollment are just some of the ways a student can begin enhancing their resume. Often, these topics can be used throughout the students writing statement. My role as a private college admissions coach to students in Brentwood and Franklin, TN allows me to showcase all the resources available to them and recommend activities that will make a meaningful difference in their college applications.
College admission consultants can help guide students to figure out what they should be focusing their attention on based on their post-secondary goals. There are activities that have more weight than others. College applications is not a quick process. It requires planning and thoughtfulness into the process.