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Recognizing All You've Done

October 15, 2010 - by Kristen

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!

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Admissions Counselors' Corner is written by

Melissa Bellantonio
Melissa Bellantonio

Melissa is an Assistant Director of Admissions at Adelphi and joined the office in June 2013. She graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Business minor. During her time at Siena, she stage managed numerous plays, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, and studied abroad in Fremantle, Australia. Melissa is currently responsible for the recruitment of students from New Jersey, Staten Island, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. She loves having the opportunity to meet prospective students and speak with them about all of the opportunities Adelphi has to offer. When she is not working she enjoys reading, traveling, seeing Broadway shows, and going to baseball games (let’s go Mets!).

Samantha Fors
Samantha DiBiase

Sam is a Senior Assistant Director in Adelphi’s Office of Admissions, and has been a part of the admissions crew since 2012. In 2007, she earned her Bachelors of Arts in English from Hofstra University, choosing to be an English major because of a love of reading and creative writing. Sam is currently a graduate student at Adelphi University, pursuing her Dual Masters in Childhood and Special Education. Sam is an education enthusiast! From helping a first-grader sound out new, unfamiliar words to guiding a high school senior through the admissions process, Sam truly enjoys working with students of all ages. Outside of education, Sam loves reading, running, travelling, and hanging out with her friends, family, and dogs.

Ann Levy
Ann Levy

Ann serves as Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Adelphi University since March 2011. Prior to joining the Admissions team here at AU, she was a student at Stony Brook University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She also studied abroad in Rome, Italy during her junior year and found a passion for traveling. At Adelphi, Ann found the perfect combination of traveling and her love for higher education and is currently responsible for the recruitment of students from Nassau County, Long Island as well as California.

Iva Zeqja
Iva Zeqja

Iva joined the Adelphi Admissions team as an Assistant Director in 2012. Iva holds a dual Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Sociology (with a minor in Public Communications) from Syracuse University, as well as a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Stony Brook University. Having worked closely with students and executive staff in different departments at both Syracuse and Stony Brook, she continues to enthusiastically advocate for higher education. Having lived and studied abroad, she maintains a passion for traveling, world news, and current events. She enjoys spending time with her family, running and swimming, and exploring New York City.


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