It's 11:21 pm on a Friday evening and although this is the last thing I am doing before turning lights out, I am sure many of you may be awake working on your college applications (or at least thinking about your college applications!). Have you completed your essay? Is it proofread? Did your 3rd period history teacher mail in your recommendation letter? Did you remember to print out the required supplement? Are all of your application fees paid? These may be just some of the questions flying through your mind and while I realize these are enough to keep you preoccupied for quite some time, I'd like to add one more. Have you created that resume yet?
Adelphi does not require a resume, otherwise known as an activities sheet, of its applicants. Rather, this supplemental information is optional. Your acceptance will not hinge upon a detailed list of how many community service hours you have completed or which leadership positions you have held in Key Club over the years. Although this information will certainly be viewed favorably by our admissions staff, it is not considered a required component of the college application.
I know you may be thinking, "I have enough work already. I don't have time to create optional documents that are not essential components of my application." But what if I told you creating a resume would not be a waste of your time? An activities sheet provides you with an opportunity to brag about yourself. Modesty is thrown out the window. Admittedly, I smile when a five page resume lands in my hands to add to a student's application. Its purpose you wonder? Aside from highlighting your ability to multitask and manage time effectively, a resume may also provide you with the opportunity to receive additional scholarship money.
Adelphi offers small, annual recognition awards, often hovering between $500 and $1,000, designed to recognize students for extraordinary committment to community service throughout high school. In submitting your resume, you will automatically be reviewed for the possibility of receiving one of these rewards. What are you waiting for? Go break out that box of trophies, certificates, and awards and start typing away at that resume! Your application is your time to shine; a resume will only make it brighter!