If you are prepping your college resume for college admissions, then you are already aware of the importance of GPA and standardized tests. But what else do you put on your resume to make you stand out from the crowd? Here are some items that will amp up your college resume!
Awards and Achievements
Colleges are looking for students who are driven, so they usually ask for any awards and achievements. That means things like Dean’s List and Honor Society. Don’t have many awards? Try looking for events in the field you are interested in. Perhaps it’s time to take the plunge in the school science fair! Or, if you are interested in English, you might just win first place in a district-wide writing competition. These are the sort of accolades that show your interests and make you stand out.
Clubs and Organizations
This is a huge one! Colleges want to know that you are much more than a straight-A student. They want to know that you are involved in extracurriculars at school and outside of school as well! Things like Yearbook and Student Council are great organizations that show experience in leadership! Perhaps you are involved in your community theater or in a youth program at your local church? You can even start your own organization at school or consider running leadership within the clubs you are already a part of. Keep in mind that it isn’t about the number of clubs you are involved with. It is more important that the things you’ve done within the club have been significant.
Community Service deserves its own part in this section. A great extracurricular, community service doesn’t only teach involvement and leadership, but also allows you to give back to the community you live in. Want to do something outside of the box? Start your own organization or community initiative! Schools want to see that you are a game changer and can make a difference on your own, so creating something brand new that helps your community is sure to impress and also do a lot of good!
Skills and Job Experience
It’s a huge plus to include any special skills and/or work experience you might have. But why is this important? If you maintained a high GPA and also had a part time job, this shows colleges that you are someone who can prioritize, multitask, and work well under pressure. You already have job experience to put on a resume which could help you get a work-study job at college. Perhaps you are interested in joining the nursing program? Make sure to add that you are certified in CPR or CNA (if you have this certification, of course). This shows your interest in the field you are applying for and that you have gotten certifications on your own. Note: Always have a teacher or respected friend do a grammar and spell check before submitting your resume.
There are so many ways to amp up your college resume! Whether you finally decide to run for student body president or start your own community service club, your resume can make you stand out, and also allows you to grow as a future college student!