Creating the resume
Some people have asked for a template for a high school student Resume. Generally, this has been my recommendation:
You will begin with personal identification information
There are two basic formats: By category of activity or by year
By year works best for students with few activities
Generally, students will format by year within a category
Start by listing everything you can think of, and see what patterns emerge.
Some students will have a separate category for sports, for example, and some may combine sports with other clubs; same with arts or awards. Awards can be a separate category, or can be put with leadership or activities. Community service could be its own category, or listed with other extra-c’s. You will want it to look somewhat balanced.
Within a category, list the years participating. I recommend creating two documents, and in one of them also listing hours per week, because you will need this for the Common App when you apply to college next fall.
Your resume can also be used for job interviews, scholarship or summer program applications, and you will want to update it as you gather new experience.
For the Common App you will simply transfer this information to the appropriate place in the application. For non-Common App colleges, the resume may be uploaded directly to an online application, or a hard copy can be sent with the transcript and other materials.
There are several websites with templates that you can use if you create a profile. Check out
You may be able to open the link to see a couple of sample resumes. I also have some examples of past student resumes!
This is a great way to start your “self-awareness” part of the college search. As I mentioned, you should begin to list your activities by grade, and then look for patterns. As you look this over, be thinking of the following questions:
What in-school activities do you enjoy most?
What activities do you enjoy least?
What out-of-school activities do you participate in?
What volunteer work do you do?
What talents make you stand out?
What adjectives would you say best describe you?
What do you hope to accomplish before graduation?
What do you hope to accomplish after high school?
What sets you apart?
What factors in a college are most important to you—location, cost, programs, religious affiliation, social environment, size, etc.?
Remember, we want to fit the college to YOU, not the other way around!
Patricia Bostwick, MA, LPC
Director of College Counseling