College applications are a lot like dating. You have to make a good first impression, and you have to do it fast. That’s why you need to create a brag sheet! It’s basically like a resume, but it includes all of your achievements in one spot.
What is a College Brag Sheet?
A brag sheet is basically like a resume. It’s an easy way to put all your achievements in one spot and make them easy for admissions officers to see. A brag sheet is a great way to organize all the parts of your application that tell the college what makes you awesome.
Why Create a College Brag Sheet?
Why create one? Putting all your achievements in one spot is key when you have a short time to make a first impression. Your teachers writing letters of recommendation will also appreciate your brag sheet. Oftentimes, teachers will have numerous letters to write. In passing along your resume, you’re giving an outline of all your cool qualities with specific examples. This makes the writing process easier on your teachers and boosts the quality of your letter of recommendation. When your teachers have a better idea of who you are, it’s easier to praise you for all your achievements!
What to Include
Your brag sheet should be concise and professional, and no more than one page long. Also, avoid fonts that are difficult to read. You should include the following information:
- Your name and contact information
- Expected graduation date
- GPA and standardized test scores
- Extracurricular activity participation
- Volunteer work
- Work experience
- Any awards or recognitions
- Any leadership roles
- Goals for the future related to college
College brag sheets are useful during the college application process and should be the “IG Feed” of your academic and professional experience! (Only the best stuff gets put on the feed) Don’t forget to include goals that you’re working toward in the future, too. You want this document to reflect who YOU are, so don’t be afraid to be creative!