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Composing Your College Admissions Resume
Unlike a professional resume, where the reader is generally looking for skills, education and experience, colleges (and the people who will write your recommendations, interview you and evaluate you for scholarships) are more interested in your scholastic and other achievements, awards, activities, athletics, leadership, community service, special talents and how you spent your time during high school.
High School Resume Action Words and Tips
The following words can be helpful when describing your extracurricular activities, awards and achievements and volunteer service.
College Sticker Price vs. Affordability
Before you cross a college off of your wish list due to “college sticker price shock”, understand that the real cost of college is the “net price” (list price minus the amount of financial aid) which may make the situation look a lot less dire
Wait List: Turning Maybe into Yes
Waiting in limbo need not be a passive activity. Many savvy applicants have launched successful campaigns to gain admission.
Recommendations for Recommendations
Many colleges will require two or three recommendations from high school teachers, coaches, guidance counselors or others who know you in an academic, extra-curricular or leadership capacity. Admissions officers rely on letters of recommendation to round out and confirm their picture of you as a candidate.
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Tips for Finding the Right Summer Program
Summer can be the perfect time to explore potential majors and career options; delve more deeply into current interests; develop your talents; gain valuable experiences that might appeal to college admission officers; expand your horizons; and improve important skills (e.g. reading, writing, math and study) that can help you on college entrance exams and throughout your life.