This week we have written about how to narrow down your college list, organize application requirements and deadlines, and complete your personal statement. Another task you can think about before you have to hit the books this fall are any additional materials you may have to prepare for your applications. Here are some suggestions:
1. Resume: While most schools do not want you to submit a formal resume since they can see all of your involvement listed in extracurricular section of their application, it is still a good idea to have a resume prepared. You may need a resume for scholarship applications, but it is also a good idea to have a resume ready to give to the people who are writing your letters of recommendation.
Mark Montgomery provides detailed information on how to ask for a letter of recommendation in his post, “Six Tips for Getting Great Letters of Recommendation.” One of his tips, “Provide Your Teacher With Adequate Information” provides insights on additional materials you can prepare this summer in order to obtain high quality letters of recommendation.
2. Music Resume or Art Portfolio: If you are applying to a specialized art or music program, you may be required to submit additional materials that will showcase your talents. Putting together video or audio recordings of your performances or a portfolio of sample drawings is a great way to start getting your additional art materials organized.
3. Test Optional Materials: If you are planning on applying to test optional schools, you may be required to submit additional materials in order to supplement your standardized testing scores. Gathering grades tests, papers or projects will help you prepare for the possible requirements of a test optional policy.
Now you have read all of our tips for summertime preparation for the college application process. If you attempt to complete a portion of these suggestions, you will be well on your way for a stress-free fall!