STEM summer activities

On this week’s episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Sally Ganga fills in as host and covers all things related to activities: How to describe yours from high school and how to find the ones in college that will pay you.

Working at College

Interested in applying for an on campus job as a college student? Michelle Richardson joins Sally to explain more about the process. Michelle begins buy busting some myths about what percent of college students work while in college, explains the difference between work-study jobs and regular jobs, and walks us through where to begin when looking for a work. Sally and Michelle also review some important interview tips

Building Your Activities List

Mary Sue Youn joins next to talk about getting started on your activity list or resume for college applications. Mary Sue begins by reviewing what should be included and what is better to leave off. Sally asks some clarifying questions about descriptions, awards, and hours of participation, and Mary Sue shares more about the steps involved in building this list and provides key tips on formatting. Listen for some important reminders on which activities are most frequently mistakenly left off the list.

How to Present a Distinguishing Excellence

On last week’s episode, we dove deep into a discussion of what is a “Distinguishing Excellence.” Today, Christine Kenyon joins Sally to unpack to how to document and present these accomplishments that distinguish you from others when applying to a selective college. They discuss why it can be difficult to convey the full level of impact the student has made, and what tools to utilize to get the message across. Christine reviews how and when to use supplemental recommendation letters, essays, and the application’s additional information section.

Next week, Elizabeth Heaton will be back to cover what you need to know when considering ROTC programs, as well as to answer listener questions. Submit your questions here.


Written by Tova Tolman
Tova Tolman is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Tova worked in admissions at Fordham University, Montclair State University, and Barnard College. Visit our website to learn more about Tova Tolman.