Staying up to date on the latest trends in college admissions is an important part of my job. Through conferences, industry groups, and news feeds, I constantly gain new insights from experts in the field, including admissions officers and college counselors across the country.
The Inside Scoop on Activities
A recent favorite comes from Tulane University. This Will Look Great on my Application, Right? by Jeff Schiffman, Director of Admissions at Tulane, is a breath of fresh air! I refer to this article often when speaking with student groups and parents because his wonderful advice applies to students everywhere, not just those applying to Tulane.
Mr. Schiffman reminds us that he is not looking for well-rounded students. He is looking to build a well-rounded class of students. Bottom line, admissions officers don’t want a laundry list of activities, and it’s okay to be doing an activity “just because.”
A Great Read for Students…and their Parents!
If you are a parent, this article will ease your mind about the college admissions process. If you are a student, this article will help you make thoughtful choices regarding extra curriculars and your high school experience in general.
I guarantee you’ll be breathing a sigh of relief when you are done reading. Enjoy!
Want to get your essays done in a month? Here’s a great incentive.
There are three basic steps to completing an essay. Step one, plan the essay. Step two, draft the essay. Step three, revise the essay. Pretty simple, right? There’s just one problem. Time.
This month, lots of students are working with me to plan their essays. We talk about their interests, we go over the prompts, we come up with great topic ideas. They go home super excited and ready to write. Then, guess what happens? They get busy.
Family vacations. Fun with friends. Summer jobs.
As a way to encourage students to get their essays done, I am offering a special incentive: a free resume review for any student who completes all three steps of the essay writing process with me in four weeks or less.
Why a resume review? Because this ONE document actually serves THREE very important purposes. Students need a resume to get jobs, get into colleges, and get scholarships.
Sadly, students don’t receive much training when it comes to crafting resumes. They don’t know how to organize their information, how to write about their experience, or how to properly format.
A resume is much more than a checklist of activities and achievements. It’s an opportunity to tell your story. That story can help you land an internship, get you into the college of your dreams, and get you money to pay for it. Let me help you get it right!
Here is a great college resume building opportunity for high school sophomores or juniors. One of my favorite nonprofits, 826LA, is looking for teen writers (ages 14 to 18) to submit essays on social media. Students are asked to write from personal experience and share what they learned.
Selected entries will be published (yes! you will be a published author!) in a book that will help educate middle schoolers about life online. Seriously, this is a genius idea. I would expect nothing less from the creative minds of an organization dedicated to supporting and inspiring young writers.
Even if your submission is not selected, the essay prompts are great practice for your future college application essays. Take a look at the submission guidelines here. And good luck!