- Consistency. Students are better off becoming deeply involved in a few activities for the duration of high school. “One-off” activities, a day of community service that you never do again or joining a club for one year, does not show an ability to follow through. Taking four honors/Advanced Placement classes as a senior after taking easier classes for the first three years is inconsistent, and makes you appear to be overcompensating at the last minute. When admissions officers or employers look at a resume and see a few activities in which a student has been consistently and intensely involved, they tend to take the student more seriously.
- Commitment. Admissions officers and employers are interested in students who are committed to their academics and extracurricular activities. They want to see a pattern of growth. If a your grades go up every year or if you accept more responsibility in an extracurricular activity every year, colleges and employers see a commitment to excellence and continuous growth. Make sure that you include all honors that you’ve achieved. This demonstrates that you have been recognized for your commitment to your activities.
- Honesty. Employers and college admissions officers look at hundreds, sometimes thousands, of resumes. They can see through the students who throw a few extra activities on their resume to pad it. Focus on what you’ve done. And done well. Go deep. Employers and college admissions officers are more likely to consider students who can speak, honestly, about their involvement and interest in one or two activities.
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