With competition for college admission being at an all time high, it is important to help yourself stand out by participating and holding leadership roles within your school and your community. Here at The Student Counsel, we believe that putting yourself out there into the work place as early as you can will help you shine not only on a college application but also in your future career path.
It is important that you decide and map out what you want to do early on in your high school experience. For some students, the path they choose can even start in middle school or elementary school. However, if you are a freshman or even a junior in high school now, there is no need to panic. You still have time to create an outstanding resume that you will enjoy creating.
Here are our top five tips for creating a stellar resume:
1. Plan out your extracurriculars and ensure that they fit into your schedule/lifestyle
Although this may seem like a no-brainer, it is important to recognize that time management is key when it comes to participating in extracurricular activities. Being a student, there are plenty of other responsibilities to worry about: academic work, family life, friends, part-time jobs, etc. Therefore, it is important to be reasonable when planning your high school career.
2. Quality over Quantity
Don’t overextend yourself, and make sure that you can dedicate time to having a large role in a small amount extracurriculars versus having a small role in a lot of extracurriculars. Seek leadership roles, club awards, and proof that you have been a respected part of whatever it is you are doing.
3. Seek Internships and Out-of-School Projects
Although it is fantastic and highly-encouraged to join school clubs, societies, organizations, and departments, we at the Student Counsel advise students to expand their horizons and their chances at collegiate acceptance by seeking internships outside of school. Internships are not simply meant for college students and young professionals. Plenty of companies, leaders, community centers, and more provide internship opportunities for high school students. Make yourself stand out by getting a great summer internship!
4. Create & Change
What colleges (and particularly top colleges) try to look for in potential students is the ability to create and innovate. Instead of telling a college what you want to do, SHOW them what you have already done. Although there are one-in-a-million cases of students creating an app, making a company, or being a YouTube sensation, it is also important if you create in your own community and school. Start your own club for a cause you are passionate about, a non-profit organization, or maybe a dance team or an online course! The opportunities are limitless.
5. Lead by example
Many students may join clubs for the sake of saying they were in one but did they ever really do anything with their membership status? When applying for college, admissions teams don’t want to see that you attended meetings and signed your name in as present once a week. Instead, they want to see you take on an active role in the organization. Seek the presidency of a club, aim to be treasurer, go for the captain slot, or try to assert yourself in a leadership role. It will benefit your chances of getting in!