It’s never too early to begin thinking about what to put on a resume for college applications. Your academic resume is essentially a list of everything you’ve accomplished and achieved during high school. Keep reading for our ultimate list of academic resume do’s and don’ts.
What Do I Put In An Academic Resume for College Application? | All You Need To Know
What To Put On Your Resume
When outlining your college resume, one of the first questions many of my students ask is about the value of creating such a resume. “Why should I do more work,” they ask, “when the common application is happy with an activities list?” The answer to that is: You may not be happy enough with an activities list. The common app form forces you to cram together your exceptional leadership and entrepreneurial exploits into a few characters in a box. Is that truly the only way you want your top colleges to judge your intellect, talents, and interests?
Tell Your Story
There are descriptions and explanations to write to your admissions officers about leadership; non-traditional education; summer experiences that blew you away; academic passions that you followed independently; or jobs that taught you skills too numerous to explain on an activities list. A resume is a powerful tool for college and the future.
What goes on and what stays off? List your summer jobs; performing arts training; athletic accomplishments; academic and pre-professional experiences; travel; public service; and internships. Include the honors you’ve won under separate headings like “leadership, research, employment, academic honors,” et cetera. Where appropriate, add a line of explanation and elucidation. Colleges are very curious to see how you spend your summers, and they love seeing a continuation of education through college programs at home or overseas.
What To Put In An Academic Resume
In your resume, you should talk about your experiences, skills, and achievements. Below are some of the examples that you can include in your academic resume.
- The extra courses you took in a nearby college because you’re fascinated by, let’s say, marine biology but don’t have a way to study it at your high school.
- The two years you’ve put into learning a third language and how you pursue it in the summer at a university abroad.
- Talk about taking on a job during Junior year that helped your family out or that will go towards your first semester of college.
- The national honors you’ve received by becoming a winner of a service project – or creator of a service project – that turned into an award-winning nonprofit organization.
- Your research during the year at a local hospital or lab, and how you continue that research in the summer.
- Talk about winning your science department’s award for best all-around chemistry or physics student, starting weekend classes at a conservatory for your instrumental or vocal talent, or being elected as president of your high school student government.
What Not To Put In An Academic Resume
- Do not include awards from eighth grade or accolades like “best attendance” or “student of the week.” A high school resume is for activities and scholarships that impress in a big way.
These are the things that belong on your resume. Make it nice and organize all your information clearly so you are putting your best foot forward!
What are your greatest achievements, what will be you including in yours? Let us know in the comments below. We’ll be back soon to talk about even more ways to enhance your academic resume.