MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
NEXT TUESDAY, MAY 22, SUSANNAH, KELLY M AND I WILL BE PRESENTING OUR ANNUAL ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP. It will be held during lunch in the Acheson Theatre.
We will be giving you tips on how to approach the all-important college personal statement, giving you a jump start on your summer application planning. Bring your lunch and plan to be there!
Reminder: Representatives from Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley and Vanderbilt University will be in our area this coming Monday evening, May 21 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dearborn. Information on the College Counseling white board, the April 11 Roeper Record and the College Counseling website.
Representatives from Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn and Stanford will be at the Detroit Marriott Troy on Thursday, May 24 at 7 PM. www.exploringcollegeoptions.org
Representatives from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Rice and the University of Chicago will be here on Thursday, June 7, time and place TBD. www.exploringeducationalexcellence.com
(also on the white board, April 11 RR and website)
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; the 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 weeks per year and 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.
I have several copies of sample resumes as well as templates you could use—just stop by college counseling. Additionally, 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