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You’ve got the right experiences and activities, but how do you make sure admissions officers, internship coordinators, and award decision-makers know how truly awesome you are?

The best tool to accomplish this important feat is a well-crafted resume.

Use our Student Resume Guide to get started! You’ll find 5 Steps to a Head-Turning Resume, a Resume Checklist, and clear examples in our Resume Content Guide. We use this tool at Blue Stars to help students think about what they need to include in their resumes.

Why is a student resume so important?

Your resume is certainly a necessity for any job or internship application, but it is also an essential part of your admissions profile!

Your resume is the tool that will help you craft your activities lists for the Common and UC Applications, help you in writing thorough supplemental essays, and give you a more informed and accurate sense of what schools will be the best fit for you.

Not to mention, many college applications allow you to include your resume as part of your application.

In addition, oftentimes the “brag sheet” (a version of your resume) will be what you share with teachers and counselors who will be writing your letters of recommendation. It gives them a clearer sense of who you are so that your letters stand out and sound even more compelling and authentic.

As you can see, there are countless essential reasons to have a resume ready to go!

The stronger your resume is, the more prepared you will be for admissions season and the stronger your applications will be.

Suggested Steps for Success

  • Read our Student Resume Guide, which includes our 5 Steps to a Head-Turning Resume, Resume Checklist, and Resume Content Guide
  • Draft or update your resume based on these guides
  • Ask a trusted mentor to proofread your resume
  • Don’t forget to update regularly!

If you decide you might like the support of an expert college counselor, Blue Stars will be happy to give you a free in-depth assessment.

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Blue Stars College Planning Foundations Workbook

Start today! Go through these strategic exercises to help you sketch out your plans for all four years of high school.

  • Learn key traits important to top colleges.
  • Write your first personal narrative
  • Branch out, exploring interests and defining activities.
  • Set goals and create your 4-year college planning timeline.

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About the Author: Amy Morgenstern

Dr. Amy Morgenstern, affectionately known as Dr. M, is the founder and CEO of Blue Stars Admissions Consulting. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and an MFA in contemporary art. A former professor of philosophy, honors program associate director, and assistant to the director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Dr. M brings a wealth of academic and multicultural experience to her practice.

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