ICAN’s Activities Resume template is a free resource for students on ICAN’s “Find It Fast” webpage: http://www.icansucceed.org/index.cfm?nodeID=63667&audienceID=1. Students can use ICAN’s downloadable activities resume to document their contact information, academic achievements, activities/ athletics, and volunteer experience. ICAN encourages students to start an Activities Resume their freshmen year and update it regularly as they add achievements. Students should strive to create accurate, up-to-date resumes and proofread them regularly. Here are some possible uses for ICAN’s activities resume:
- 1. College Applications: Refer to your activities resume as you complete college applications online. You’ll find the information on your resume will help you to answer many of the application questions. It won’t provide all the answers, but it’s a great starting point.
- 2. Scholarship Applications: Often, scholarship applications will require you to write about your high school experiences, activities, involvement, and achievements. Your activities resume provides a lot of this information. Use it as a reference to help you organize your thoughts and detail your experiences as you complete scholarship applications.
- 3. Seeking References: If you’re seeking a reference for a scholarship or a job, provide your teacher/ counselor with a copy of your activities resume. Your resume can help your reference to know more about your activities and accomplishments. Please allow your reference to have several weeks to complete your request. Please don’t ask them the weekend before your scholarship is due.
- 4. College Fairs: If you’re planning to attend a college fair, and the college fair offers online registration, ICAN’s activities resume can help: Go to www.gotocollegefairs.com, input the requested information (most of which can be found on your activities resume), print out the registration barcode, bring the barcode to the college fair, and share your information with schools of your choice. The barcode is a great time saver, because it allows you to focus on interacting with college reps at the fair instead of filling-out inquiry cards.
- 5. Creating An Elevator Speech: Let’s say you’re attending your first college fair, and you’re stressing about interacting with college reps. How do you break the ice? Consider utilizing your activities resume to craft an elevator speech. Here’s an example:
- Greeting: Hello.
- Name: My name is Casey Smith.
- Affiliation: I’m a junior at West High School. I’m taking college prep courses, and I plan to take the ACT exam this spring. I’m involved in speech, the school play, band, and basketball. I also volunteer with our school’s youth sports programs.
- Purpose: I would like to learn more about your admission requirements, scholarships, and community engagement opportunities.
- Follow-Up Question: Could you tell me about your application process?
ICAN’s activities resume is designed to help students to document and highlight their high school involvement and achievements. Feel free to check out ICAN’s activities resume today!
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