It’s never too early to start building your career. Extracurricular activities help with problem solving, interpersonal awareness, and other skills needed in college and beyond. Having a strong resume is a huge help when it comes to finding your path.Build a Strong Resume
Resumes give both a qualitative and quantitative snapshot of your skills and interests. Each line includes some accomplishment such as years served, dollars raised, or teammates supported. When building a high school resume, include specific numbers as well as an overarching main point to paint a picture of your professional self and help the person reading understand the scope of your impact.
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Follow your interests: Choosing to pursue what you love will give you the motivation to invest time and build your skills. Think about how you'd most like to spend your time, then look for productive ways to test out those interests.
Take advantage of the opportunities at hand: Not all students can work in their dream internship. Search online and explore your local community for achievable ways to engage with what you love.
Show initiative: Look for ways to improve your community. There is always important work that others are too busy or discouraged to pursue. Find a needed improvement, then make it.
Keep up the good work: The best way to improve your profile is to perform well in your current position. Thriving wherever you are is a great way to be noticed and often leads to greater responsibilities down the line.
Do you follow through when you make a promise? Can you raise support for an important cause? Do you find creative solutions to problems? A strong profile makes others trust your ability to make the world a better place.
Particularly when it comes to college admissions, the people reviewing your profile want to know how your work impacted those around you. Students who make changes at the regional, state, national, and international level will have more competitive college applications.
Employers and admissions officers want clear evidence that you build on your past experience. For most, that means narrowing your focus to a few activities and engaging more deeply with them.
As you write your resume, trends in your accomplishments will emerge. For one student, a love of teaching may become apparent through their tutoring positions. For someone else, an entrepreneurial spirit will appear in the projects they have started from nothing. Highlight these trends as you find them by using key words that all relate to your most important professional trend or characteristic.
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In CollegeVine’s Mentorship Programs, we walk with students through their high school journey. Years before college applications begin, we pair students one-on-one with a mentor to identify and explore their interests.
By brainstorming the unique list of extracurricular opportunities, we find ways for students to engage with their local and/or international community. Together, students and mentors set concrete, realistic goals for the year then track student progress week by week.
As students reach their goals, mentors point out new opportunities based on the student’s development. Every extracurricular, academic, and even personal goal ties back to something the student has identified as a trait they want to build in high school.