August 31, 2016

Resumes for Middle and High School Students

A Resume?  But I’m only in middle or high school!

article by Elizabeth Gordon, Sr. Director,

Academic Advising, Tucker College Solutions

Do you have a busy high school student? Is your high schooler college-bound? Then, your student needs a resume, starting as early as 9th grade.  Today, the high school resume serves as the foundation for future scholarship and college applications. It documents how your high school student spends his or her time productively. Also, the resume allows a student to showcase their academic and extracurricular passions as well as their athletic prowess. Moreover, resumes for high school students are also an outstanding way to introduce a student to a college admissions counselor or even a potential employer through an internship.

On the other hand, a well-crafted resume will show your student areas which need to be strengthened throughout his/her high school career. Take, for example, a student who has excelled academically. Perhaps by 10th grade, they have even won various academic awards. However, what about their involvement in community service? What leadership experience have they gained? By having a well-crafted resume, they will come to see that these two important factors in the college admissions process need to be explored early in their high school career before they begin applying to colleges their senior year.

Finally, high school students have the option of presenting two types of resumes including an academic resume and an athletic resume. Both are critical for the student-athlete in your family because the student-athlete is, after all, a student first. In particular, the athletic resume allows your student to showcase his or her athletic accomplishments and skills to college recruiting coaches with the hopes of playing a specific sport in college and receiving an athletic scholarship. Scholarship committees and college coaches often enjoy seeing both types of resumes from a student-athlete, allowing them to better evaluate the whole person in the selection process.

Note:  Both my teenager have had a master resume since middle school.  I found it a good way to keep track of all the activities but more importantly, the kids understand the reason to have one and it acts as an incentive to try new things -- to add to the list!  Barb Cousins 
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