Attention high school seniors! You have probably put a lot of thought into your college applications and essays, but do you understand the importance of a Personal Profile, or resume?
This document should clearly illustrate all your extracurricular activities, community service projects, and work experiences. It should also highlight your awards and honors. You may be wondering why one should bother with this, considering much of this information is required on the actual application? A personal profile includes much more detailed information about you as an individual and as learner and should be formatted like a professional resume. Creating a personal profile will show that you have gone that extra step in preparing your application for the college of your choice.
I also encourage my students to imbed a headshot at the top right hand corner, this will allow the admissions counselor to associate a face with your resume and application. I recommend taking copies with you to your college interviews and don’t forget to give one to each of the teachers who you have asked to write letters of recommendations, as it will give them more factual information they can include in their letters. Finally, make sure your high school guidance counselor has one as well! While this may seem like an extra step in the application process, keep in mind that in order to look professional, it’s smart to prepare like a professional!
By Ginny Feldman, College Counselor and Admissions