Overview

In school, you are most likely to be introduced to the idea of developing a résumé as part of a career unit or preparing for a mock job interview. However, developing an academic résumé, profiling your achievement and involvement across the areas of academics, extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, and accomplishments has many uses from setting goals to applying to summer, pre-college, and community programs.

Eventually, as a high school senior applying for admission to top colleges or for top scholarships, a one-page, high quality résumé can provide a competitive advantage in a pool of hundreds or thousands of other applicants.

A typical academic résumé will provide a one-page listing of your academic record (i.e., GPA, coursework, test scores); extracurricular activities (i.e., work, clubs, organizations, sports, band, dance, art, summer programs, community service); leadership (i.e., officer in clubs, captains of teams, founder of an organization); and honors and awards.

If, as a high school freshman or sophomore, you do not have much to list on a résumé, then you should use your résumé to set goals for what you plan to do in each area throughout the balance of your high school career based on your vision of what you would like reflected on your résumé as a high school senior applying to college. 

Objective

Develop an ‘Academic Résumé’ to highlight the academic achievements, activity involvement, job experiences, leadership, and community service for what you have done and for what you ‘plan’ to do by the time you apply to college as a high school senior.

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour.

Guiding Questions

  • What are my accomplishments during high school in the areas of academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and service?
  • What are the available opportunities in my high school for developing a stellar list of accomplishments during my 3-year high school experience (between the 9th through 11th grades) leading up to my senior year of high school in the areas of academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and service?