So you want to get into a good college? Then you should know that competition to get into a good university is more intense than ever—and you need a solid resume to prove that you’re worthy of an acceptance letter to the school of your choice.
Every school has different entrance requirements: some want you to write a personal essay, some insist that you get recommendation letters, some even prefer to meet you in a face-to-face interview. But no matter what types of stipulations you must overcome to get into the school of your dreams, there are certain things you must do to show that you’ve got what it takes to succeed at the college level.
Here are four ways to improve your chances of getting into college.
Get a Job
Just like every employer likes to see that you have education, educators like to see that you’ve held a job or two.
Even if you work in a family-owned restaurant in the country or you deliver papers for the local newspaper, it shows that you weren’t idle in your spare time. Plus, a job shows that you can work with others, which is especially ideal if you end up studying in a lab or other specialized area on campus where lots of people work in a small space.
Volunteering is great university prep as well, since it shows that you keep busy. Volunteering though, gives you skills beyond those that you’ll learn in most jobs where you earn an hourly wage.
Think about volunteering at your local animal shelter or homeless shelter, giving time to your church or religious or spiritual entity, joining a group like Big Brothers Big Sisters or Meals on Wheels, or even supporting your local library.
Play a Sport
Sports teach teamwork, leadership, and quick thinking—plus, they’re a lot of fun. Colleges don’t want students who study all the time without pursuing other adventurous interests, so if you love watching rugby or lacrosse on TV, go out and give it a shot.
Show that you were involved, especially if you become a captain or manager, and your school will have a hard time passing you by.
Go to Camp
The chocolate frosting on your resume-cake is the summer programs for high school students that you attend each summer. Schools love to see that students had extra academic instruction outside of normal school hours, especially in the summer.
It shows you love to learn, and that you do so on your own time. Colleges and universities across the country expect you to be an independent student who can find answers to your own problems.
Show your prospective school that you not only attended academic summer programs, but you paid for them yourself with money you earned at the job you worked between hockey practice and volunteering at the YMCA.