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Extracurricular List

idlaunvaidlaunva Registered User Posts: 419 Member
edited December 2006 in Olin College

If any Olin student is willing to share with me his/her resume about their extracurricular activities, I would be very grateful.

The reason I am asking is because I am not sure just how much information they are looking for. Do they want a normal resume or just one in which you list your activities you do outside of school?

Thank You
Post edited by idlaunva on

Replies to: Extracurricular List

  • idlaunvaidlaunva Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    NVM, im guessing this is also a measure of creativity
    I have an idea of what to do...
  • ehiunnoehiunno Registered User Posts: 878 Member
    I sent in a two page single spaced list of all of my awards and activities. I tried to keep it as concise as possible while still explaining acronyms and such. If you wanna see it just PM me and I'll send it to you. I'm not sure what I did is the best way, but I think it gets the idea across much better than the tiny little boxes on most college applications :)
  • conundrumconundrum Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member

    I'm a parent of a 2009 student at Olin. I have a pretty good idea of what Olin is looking for. They want creative students who have interests in things other than math and physics. They get a lot of applicants who have great SAT scores and GPA scores, but they want well rounded students, students who have other interests. In your resume, let them know what you are passionate about outside of math and physics. Let them know about any music, art, history etc. that you are interested in. Let them know if you have travelled extensively and where you have been. When my student applied they sent a resume that included achievements, awards, and non-academic activities. My student included travel, sports, languages and other things under non-academic activities. Be sure to show your personality in your essays and don't be afraid to send them supplemental information that highlights your other talents.
  • OlinAdmissionOlinAdmission College Rep Posts: 43 Junior Member

    So one of the reasons we ditched the whole "give-us-your-life-in-five-boxes-or-less" was because very few of our applicants can give us a GOOD sense of their accomplishments/activities in such a small space. Hence the "upload your resume" feature this year. That said, we are not looking for EVERYTHING you have ever done in your life, neatly arranged in 20 pages! To be honest, most HS students can get all the key/important stuff onto 1-2 pages - you can be creative with formatting to a certain extent... but a resume still needs to be readable and organized and one of the really helpful pieces of information you can add is your LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT: how long (how many years) did you do X and how often (how many hours/week and weeks/year) as well as any leadership opportunities. A resume is more than a list - it can inform us about your follow-through and commitment to things, interest or passion about something, etc.

    Wow, I'm feeling verbose today!

    To your question more specifically, your resume should share with us how you spend your time oustide of *classes* not necessarily outside of school. In other words, your school-related activities (clubs, teams, service, etc) are absolutely fair-game for a resume. Usually what happens is that an applicant will forget to include the stuff s/he does outside of school! So tell us about your music lessons, Scouts, part time job, exotic trips, whatever.

    Hope that helps!
    Asst. Director of Admission
  • ehiunnoehiunno Registered User Posts: 878 Member
    idlaunva, you've got an email

    Thanks Allison, that definitely explains it. I have to say that because of the resume Olin's application was probably the least stressful one I have done; trying to explain a lot of my stuff in little boxes that will only let you type 15 characters can get very aggravating.

    At my school, our guidance counselor makes us type up a resume just so we have something to reference when doing our applications, so all I had to do for Olin was a make a few changes, but it really was a huge help.
  • WashDadWashDad Registered User Posts: 2,695 Senior Member
    My son's Olin resume has now been pasted into the "other information" box on several of his second-choice colleges (Olin being first, of course...).
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