Writing a good college essay requires a significant investment of personal reflection, thought and time. There are no right or wrong answers--you are who you are, after all. The best way to get in touch with who you are through writing is to undertake a process of self-exploration and writing that will culminate in an essay that will reveal how unique and interesting you are.
Using all the stages of the writing process will help you to:
•Understand your essay's theme--its controlling idea
Many colleges ask students to include a resume with their applications, and even if the college doesn't, it may be a good idea to include one anyway. This may be the first resume you will create and most likely will not have a lot of work experience to include.
Fortunately, colleges aren't looking primarily for a list of jobs--they are looking to see what you have done. Show off your skills and academic successes with a great college resume.
Sections to Include in a College Application Résumé:
Heading (includes personal information – name, address, phone number, & email address)
College admission requirements typically include the transcript, which indicates the courses you've taken and the grades you've received. Because your academic work is a key part of the college admission process, you should certain things in mind when selecting classes and submitting your transcript.
All college admission offices require Official Transcripts. Please see your Counselor and/or Academic Support Specialist on ordering transcripts.
CA EXIT EXAM (CAHSEE) –See Counselor
Early Assessment Program (EAP)-California Standards Tests (CSTs) in 11th-grade English and Mathematics (http://www.ets.org/csu/about/eap)
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Most undergraduate applications require two or three letters of recommendation. These letters should come from former or current teachers, employers, or supervisors who are familiar with your work and performance.
WBA requires 3 letters of rec., 2 of which must be from a current or former teacher/instructor.
Requesting Letters of Recommendation
When you seek a letter of recommendation, remember that you are asking for a favor. Make the process as convenient as possible for your letter writer by providing context, direction, and requesting in advance (2-8 weeks)!
National History Day Essay selected at local level and went to State level
Honor Roll/Academic Achievement
What you should NOT include are “invitations” to join various for-profit “honor” societies such as “Who’s Who Among American High School Students” or the “National Honor Roll,” If you aren’t sure if one of your potential entries falls into this category, try asking a guidance counselor
COLLEGE LETTERS & ACCEPTANCE
Compilation of letters and/or significant correspondence from universities addressed directly to you, such as:
Letter of Interest
Do not include general information requested from universities.