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College Application Nuts and Bolts: How Do I Design a Brag Sheet/Résumé?

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Jul 21, 2011

How Do I Design a Brag Sheet/Résumé?

The brag sheet/résumé/extracurricular activities list is a way to compile all of your activities to demonstrate your interests and leadership skills. A résumé should be between one and three pages. It highlights the clubs, organizations, work and summer experiences, and community service in which you participated. You can also list any honors or awards, including honor societies, sports awards such as Most Valuable Player (MVP) or Most Improved Player (MIP), subject awards, participation in contests or competitions, and other accomplishments.

Some colleges want you to list your activities in order of their importance to you, and others leave the order up to you. You can list your activities in chronological order or you can start with activities in which you had a leadership role. Take the same care in preparing a résumé that you would in completing your essay and the rest of your application. A well-designed résumé can give admissions counselors a clear window into who you are and what you care about.

TIP: Some colleges verify activities which students list on their brag sheets, so don’t be tempted to exaggerate your accomplishments.

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