We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.  

Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)


LEARN

The Purpose of An Activities Resume

You wouldn’t think of applying for a job without a completed and updated resume just like your student shouldn’t think of applying for college admissions or a scholarship without an activities resume.

Extracurricular activities are the first step to showing a college that your student has been preparing for their future by building skills that make them a stronger candidate.  If applying to become a journalism major, for example, they certainly should mention in the resume that they served on their school’s newspaper team.

Put extracurricular activities on the resume if they demonstrate a commitment to these following responsibilities, skills or activities:

  • Leadership  Has your student been captain of a sports team or organized the freshman food drive? Put it on the resume.  Extracurricular and student activities that show an ability to manage groups or plan large-scale events add weight to your student’s experience.
  • Cultural Experience  Participating in programs abroad, whether mission trips or educationally based, indicates an acceptance of other cultures and a desire to connect with different people – both qualities of a good team player.
  • Service to Community  Volunteering not only highlights selflessness, but also reveals that your student takes initiative, looking for opportunities to help the community instead of waiting for them to come to him/her. That type of motivation is sometimes difficult to find among teenagers.
  • Service to Others.  The ability to effectively communicate information to others is an essential skill for college and beyond. Helping other students or younger people in the area who need tutoring suggests not only a willingness to help others, but also proficiency in a particular field of study.

Finally, if there’s an extracurricular activity that they’ve worked at for many years, but it doesn’t seem to fit any of the above characteristics, like playing an instrument or practicing a martial art, have them briefly mention it anyway. A commitment to one extracurricular activity over a long time shows a focus and dedication that is very impressive on a resume and can grab the college’s attention, especially if they received honors or awards for their efforts


DO

Help them Build an Activities Resume

The activities resume can make a great addition to college and scholarship applications.  Help your student keep track of all the meaningful activities they are involved in now and will become involved with during the next few years.  

Initially, this resume may look like a list of activities with associated dates.  That’s a great start!  Begin to add responsibilities or skills learned under each activity.  Over the course of the next couple of years it will develop into something impressive!


TIP #1

They may already be thinking about spring break or summer – especially with the warmer weather. Encourage them finish the school year strong and stay on top of their school work.

TIP #2

With the flexibility of a summer schedule only a few months away, now is a great time to consider possible job shadow or work internship opportunities in a field of study that they may be considering for college.


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