“College and Beyond” Portfolio
As you all travel into your senior year of high school, many will begin to think about colleges
and/or your next move after high school. I would venture to suggest that many of you have
already started to think about this. This portfolio is meant to prepare you for the steps you will
most-likely need to take during the college admissions process as well as during the acquisition
of a job or possible career. Many of these items may need alterations or changes by the time
they are actually put into use, but having them ready and all in one place will assist you greatly
next year and beyond.
Part 1: Resume and General Letter of Introduction
You will create a professional resume and cover letter. The cover letter will be the first item I
should see in the Project, followed by a resume.
This, in essence, is a letter of recommendation written for you, by you. This is your chance to
explain all the wonderful things about yourself that may not be obvious in a resume or a college
application. It needs to be formatted professionally and written in formal academic prose. For
the purpose of this project, you will be pretending that you are using this letter in conjunction
with a college application. If you have a career path in mind or a major, then write it geared
toward that career/major, as well as if you have a “dream school” in mind. If not, the letter will
be a general letter of introduction, introducing yourself to the admissions officer and explaining
why you would be a good applicant. In some cases, schools will ask for a portfolio of work
(writing institutes, art schools, etc.) In this case, it is very wise to include a letter of introduction
at the beginning of the portfolio so as to introduce yourself and perhaps set yourself apart from
other applicants. If you may be applying to such a school, write this letter with that goal in mind.
Create a professional resume. This should include 4 main categories. You can have more if you
like, but this is the minimum.
Honors/Achievements/Awards/Activities (Choose your own title, but basically this is
extracurricular activities and awards)
Rules for Resumes
1. No more than a page (if it must be two pages, make sure all information is vital and print
2. Should be clean and contain a good amount of white space
3. The top 1/3 should contain the most important information
4. Simple Fonts
5. Simple Organization
6. Include Name, Address, Contact information
7. References should include not just name, but title, multiple types of contact information,
and years known.
Part 2: Letters of Recommendation (preparation)
Almost every college requires letters of recommendation, usually one personal and one academic
(some private religious schools also require a religious recommendation—pastor, priest, etc.).
For this part of the project, you need to prepare for acquiring letters of recommendation next
1. Create a “brag sheet” that includes any and all accomplishments that the person
writing your letter could include. This would include clubs involved in, teams played
on, awards won, honors in school, extracurricular activities, community service,
church trips, charity work, etc. Basically, include anything your parents might brag
about. This will help immensely in writing the letter for you. The brag sheet should
also include the date you need the letter by as well as what the letter is for—job,
school, college app.
2. Make a list of people you will ask.
3. Print a copy of your transcripts. (While you will use an updated copy of transcripts
next year, you should always give a copy of your transcripts to possible letter writers.
If your transcripts are not impeccable, explain why in a short letter or by telling the
person, and they might be able to include information about your resilience and hard-
work despite set-backs—ALWAYS a good thing)
Part 3: Applications
1. Choose one college that you are interested in, find the application, print it, fill it out [You do
not need to include social security number], and include it in the portfolio. The application
should be one that contains an essay, but if the college you are interested in does not require an
essay, then you are to also complete a personal statement essay using one of the prompts below:
Personal Statements are meant to help the college admissions officers understand you as
a person on a level that they could not do by simply looking at your application.
1. Write a statement about yourself in 500 words or less.
2. Explain an important event in your life and how it has impacted you. (500
words or less)
2. Choose one job application and fill it out. Job applications have basically the same
information on them regardless of the place or position applying for. For this reason, it is good
to have a filled out one on hand so that you do not have to continually look up the same
information. Any job application will do—from In-N-Out to Disneyland to Mercury Insurance.
Part 4: Two Additional Essays
This portion is to assist you in two ways: 1) to help you better understand yourself, and 2) to start
you off next year in the application process with a body of essays / information to be used in
filling out applications.
Choose 2 prompts and write a brief essay about yourself. All essays should be 500 words or
less, and should be extremely specific to YOU. Do not be vague, cliché, or generic. Admissions
officers want to know who YOU are and what sets YOU apart from all other students.
[Prompts can be found on edmodo]
You will turn in the portfolio in the order specified, with tabs separating each Part
1. Letter of Introduction
3. Brag sheet
4. list of “recomenders” for next year
6. College Application with Personal Statement essay or essays required for the application
7. Job Application
8. Two Additional essays with prompts
This Project serves as your FINAL exam. You will each be presenting part of your project to the
Wednesday, June 15th in Class (Periods 1, 5)
Thursday, June 16th in Class (Period 4)