College Application Nuts and Bolts: How Do I Design a Brag Sheet/Résumé? (page 2)
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.
Tips for Creating a Brag Sheet
What Should My Brag Sheet Look Like?
The formats for an activities sheet on the Common App, the UCA, and a college’s own application vary slightly, but the information contained on all of them is pretty similar. You need to list the activity (club or organization), the grade level (9, 10, 11, 12), the number of hours per week, positions held, honors or awards received, and on some forms whether you will participate in this activity in college.
You can estimate the number of hours per week as best as possible. You should be accurate in your information, especially in leadership positions. Some applications instruct you to submit information in the extracurricular activities section of the application, even if you intend to attach a separate résumé. You can have separate sections for honors/awards and work/summer experiences. Do not list abbreviations or acronyms (i.e., P.A.S.T. club), which someone from outside your school may not know. Describe any organizations/activities which are not self-explanatory.
If you are planning to pursue a business-related degree, you may want to attach a traditional résumé format (see third sample brag sheet) as it looks more professional and business oriented. Some examples of brag sheets follow on the next several pages.
Ilana R. Picasso
Extracurricular Activities Page 1 of 2
|Activity||Grades Participated||Description||Approx. HRS/WK||Positions Held|
|Yearbook||12||Supervise students on the art committee, select and create artwork||2 hrs/wk||Art Editor|
|Drama Club||10-12||Create artwork for plays using various media, supervise construction of scenery and backdrops||10 hrs/wk from November–April||Art Director|
|Art Club||9-12||Recruit new members, coordinate fundraising, plan events, and run meetings||1 hr/wk||
|Art Academy||11-12||Assist children with art projects after school, prepare and clean art supplies||2 hrs/wk||Instructor|
|Volleyball Team||10-12||Member of junior varsity and varsity teams||1 hr/wk||Member|
|Artistic Designs||Summer 2008||Interned with art director, assisted in creating layouts for advertising company||30 hrs/wk||Intern|
Ilana R. Picasson
Extracurricular Activities Page 2 of 2
|First place in Art Teachers’ Association poster contest||11|
|Honorable Mention in statewide art contest||11|
|Cover art selected for local publication||11|
|Artwork selected for display in local museum||11|
|Most Valuable Player: Volleyball||11|
|National Honor Society||11|
|National Spanish Honor Society||10-11|
Kimberly I. Kennedy
|Activity||Grades||Approx. Hrs/Wk||Position/Honors||Participate in College|
|Mock Trial||9-12||3 hrs/wk||Captain (11-12)||Yes|
|Current Events Club||11-12||1 hr/wk||Founder||No|
|Anti-Bullying Program||10-12||2 hrs/wk||Presenter||No|
|Blood Drive||9-12||NA||Coordinator (12); Participant (9-11)||Yes|
|Key Club||9-12||2 hrs/wk||Vice President (12); Member (9-11)||Yes|
|Judge Potter||Summer 2008||25 hrs/wk||Intern||Yes|
|Leg. Sam Cooke||Summer 2007||25 hrs/wk||Campaign Volunteer||Yes|
|Camp ABC||Summer 2006||40 hrs/wk||Counselor||Yes/No|
Kimberly I. Kennedy: Honors/Awards
Regional Winners Mock Trial Team–2008
Spanish National Honor Society
National Honor Society
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Stock Market Team, Captain September 2005–June 2009
Led team to third place finish statewide
Business Manager, Yearbook September 2008–June 2009
Raised $20,000 in ads to cover costs of Yearbook
Fundraising Chair, Local Charity September 2008–June 2009
Led committee which raised $5,000 for Breast Cancer
Math Team, Member September 2006–June 2009
Traveled with math team to competitions
Our team placed 1st two years in a row
College Bowl Team, Member September 2006–June 2009
Junior Varsity and Varsity member
Math Tutor September 2006–June 2009
Tutored peers in algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, and calculus
eBay Business September 2007–June 2009
Buy/sell comic books, made profit of $3,750
ABC Hedgefund Intern Summer 2008
Shadowed Hedgefund manager
ABC Camp Counselor Summers 2006 and 2007
Responsible for 5th-grade boys
Top 3 in school in American Mathematics Competition 12th Grade
Top 10 in county math competition 11th Grade
Bronze medal in local college math fair 11th Grade
AP Scholar 11th Grade
Math award 10th Grade
Abraham Lincoln High School September 2005–June 2009
eBay, stock market, trivia, sports, Scrabble
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