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Does attaching a resume to my application help my chances?

tonyspizza1800tonyspizza1800 Registered User Posts: 353 Member
edited October 2007 in Brown University
I've heard that people have done it in the past...whether or not it actually helps or hurts them I do not know. So should I do this? If so, what kinds of things should be included on it and what are the guidlines for making one? If not, then I guess I don't have any more questions...

Thanks in advance to anyone who replies!
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Replies to: Does attaching a resume to my application help my chances?

  • tonyspizza1800tonyspizza1800 Registered User Posts: 353 Member
    Has anyone done this before?
  • renixrenix . Posts: 682 Member
    i did a resume/activity list in one. but im older than most college applicants and had worked for a while. if you don't have any work experience worth noting I wouldn't fill up the application with it
  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,587 Senior Member
    Tony...the Brown app has a section on activities and achievements, etc. and it is open ended in how you present this information. Since my daughter (who now attends Brown) had already created an annotated activity resume to send to all of her colleges, that is what she used for the Brown prompt for "activities". She sent the resume. I am working with an applicant to Brown now and she also will use her annotated Activity Resume for this part of the application. I recall four years ago calling to see if an activity resume could be used for that section and they said yes.

    You should include all of your extracurricular activities both those associated with school and those outside of school, as well as community service, employment, internships, summer experiences, and so on. For each activity, include how many hours per week and how many weeks per year and which grade (9,10, 11, 12) you did them in. Write annotations that bring your personality alive and reveal you interest and contributions in each activity, what you accomplished and what you got out of it, etc. For each endeavor, note all achievements, positions, and awards. As well, have a section on the resume for Academic awards/achievements.

    Contrary to what renix posted, a resume for college admissions is not ONLY about work experience (though work experiences should be included). Every student whom I advise, whether they have ever held a job or not, have annotated activity/achievement resumes with all of their applications. This is not the same resume you submit for a job application. It is a resume for college admissions....totally different. My kids have resumes for jobs and they are nothing like their activity resumes for admissions. I hope that helps.
  • MovieBuffMovieBuff - Posts: 971 Member
    I was told that an Activities List was important and sent one as well. I included mostly things that were not covered in the application, as well as awards, areas of interests and so forth. I believe that this is actually something that you can use to personalize your application a little. I tried to use some light humor in some of my descriptions and it worked nicely for me.

    The adcoms will be reading thousands of these things. You need to make sure that yours stand out. Try to make your individuality come through.!
  • tonyspizza1800tonyspizza1800 Registered User Posts: 353 Member
    Thanks for the replies everyone! So for the activities and achievements section of the Brown application, will a list/short description format work or should I write in paragraph form? It just seems like the application calls for something more than a list of activities and just a short description. Should I focus on just one or two activities?

    sorry for asking so many questions; i'm just really unsure about all of this.
  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,587 Senior Member
    For Brown, there is no right or wrong way. You certainly may provide a resume that is a list of activities and achievements. My D did that and it was annotated. She happened to send it to all of her schools. If you want to write in paragraph form or focus on just a couple of activities that can work too. They will accept either. I know for a fact that they accept the activity/award resume as I recall calling and asking. And of course, my D did get in. :)
  • tonyspizza1800tonyspizza1800 Registered User Posts: 353 Member
    Thanks soozievt! Congrats on your daughter getting in (I'm not sure how long ago so if she's already graduated for 5 years, then I guess I can congratulate you on that too :P ). Your replies have been really helpful!
  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,587 Senior Member
    You are welcome tony. My daughter is currently a senior and absolutely loves Brown. Best of luck to you in all of your college admissions.
  • franglishfranglish Registered User Posts: 2,308 Senior Member
    Tony-- my D also included a r
  • renixrenix . Posts: 682 Member
    "Contrary to what renix posted, a resume for college admissions is not ONLY about work experience "

    I'm defining a resume as work experience and an activity list as everything else. Mine were on the same packet of paper but separated by headings. And don't pay much attention to the people who keep on chanting the one page diatribe. Make it as long as it needs to be without going overboard and what an admissions person wouldn't be bothered by. If it's long it better be interesting. My resume/activity list was about 4 pages and I was accepted as one of the ~80 transfers this year. Take everything you hear from non first hand sources with a big grain of salt.

  • Cherry17Cherry17 Registered User Posts: 189 Junior Member
    If I am going to attach a resume to the application, does it mean I can leave that section blank and just make a note "See Attached Resume".
  • negrunegru Registered User Posts: 880 Member
    I too used my normal resume for that part, with some minor changes - 2 mini essays (one about 300, and one 100 words) for two activities that were more important and not so self-explanatory.

    If you apply online you just upload the doc, if by paper yes just write see attached.
  • sly_vtsly_vt Registered User Posts: 774 Member
    My daughter's "activities list" was written in paragraph form. It gave the crucial data (grades, hours, position), but was written in a lively and interesting way. It focused less on the facts and more on what she did and why she loved doing it. Personally, I think resumes that just list clubs and titles held to be boring. Anyway, she did note that the list was attached, and sent it in with writing samples. She was accepted last year.
  • negrunegru Registered User Posts: 880 Member
    Oh ya, and for the 300-400ish word essay i wrote on one activity ( about a metal music concert etc organizing group), they included me on the class2011 welcome page as "a heavy metal and physics afficionado from Romania" so that must've been important for them. (99% of the rest of my app was physics, so)
    So, besides the obvious bragging that I'm blatantly exhibiting, what I'm trying to say is that you should just write it the way it shows more about you. They won't care if you do a list, a single paragraph, or a drawing. Including a whole other big essay that no one asked for sure didn't seem to hurt, like people would think ( the "ohoh you passed the char limit by 6 they'll reject you" crap I heard most people get from lousy counselors and ****), on the contrary i think it was huge part of why i got in.
    So, it's brown, they want you to just do it your own way.
  • deathlyhollowsdeathlyhollows Registered User Posts: 179 Junior Member
    okay, sorry, but I'm a little confused still:

    If I am understanding everyone correctly, I can write a paragraph or two on my activities online and still upload a resume of all my activities/honors?

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