Imagine a scenario where you have 10 different participations/achievements in one extracurricular activity and you want all of those represented in your activity list of common app. How would you do it?
You can’t. The little space commonapp provides (150 characters max) isn’t enough for applicants with diverse interests and participations. So what’s the solution? Well you can obviously use the additional information section for this purpose, but there’s a better way. And it is none other than creating a resume, especially for college admissions.
The way a resume highlights one’s important skills and responsibilities can earn you a spot over another applicant with the same stats. The details, thus, matter. You need to show the admission officer that you were actually dedicated to whatever your participation was.
I attribute my resume for many of my positive decisions. I had been involved in a lot of programming related ECAs and wanted to present each of those to the AOs. So as I created my resume, I found out that my skills are better represented there than the activity list or additional information section. Many of the colleges (e.g. Vanderbilt, Grinnell, NYU, Haverford, etc.) allow students to embed resumes directly through commonapp and some colleges allow it through their portal once you submit your commonapp. Now for those unis, I submitted my resume and I can bet it was looked into.
In addition, resumes are supportive for many college interviews. It gets awkward when you and your interviewer don’t find anything common to talk about. That is why many interviewers ask for resumes to send in advance. So it might come handy if you build one in advance.
So, to summarize, here’s why resumes might come in handy:
Building a resume demands a lot of patience and revisions. So if you don’t have one ready when needed, you won’t be able to rush and make a good one in a hurry. So, building a resume for admissions doesn’t hurt if not elevate your application to the AOs.
Important points to keep in mind while creating a resume for admissions