College admissions time can be hectic for both students and parents. There are forms to fill out, essays to write, records to request, financial aid to consider, and schools to visit.
Why have a resume at all?
- It's a way to tell college admissions officers what they need to know about a person. A standard college application doesn't always give a student room to highlight all of his or her accomplishments and experience. A resume will help bridge that gap.
- It will help your child keep track of his or her accomplishments.
- When the time comes to fill out college forms, it's easy to forget one or two things from the list. A written resume will help remind the student of every pertinent detail.
- It can spark a college admission essay topic. Schools want to learn about an applicant through his or her essay. Reflecting on experiences from summer jobs, volunteer work, or school activities may lead to a unique essay topic that will make your child stand out.
- Activities and achievements can lead to scholarships. Scholarship committees look for participation in extracurricular activities, and some require that recipients must be involved in a particular activity. Identifying areas of interest will help your student find the best scholarship opportunities.
- An impressive resume can lead to summer internships, jobs, or study-abroad opportunities that will strengthen your child's college applications.
- With a comprehensive resume, your child can organize his or her priorities when deciding where to apply. University life is full of opportunities, in and out of the classroom, and the choices can be overwhelming.
- Listing activities and accomplishments can help a student figure out what he or she wants to continue doing after high school, and which colleges will offer the greatest opportunities.