By Lillian Butler
Time passes and goes, and now, the class of 2018 has little time left at Benicia High School. With colleges now looking into the classes of 2022 and 2023 for potential pupils, juniors and seniors may not have much to show. At most, they may have transcripts with their test scores, a poorly crafted resume, and that’s it. Oftentimes though, that isn’t enough. Colleges tend to look at incoming students as a whole to get a feel of who will be attending their school. Keeping this in mind, students should really put some thought into creating a student portfolio–it’ll guarantee you a stronger opportunity than going in mostly empty handed.
Your portfolio shows your accomplishments as well as progress you’ve made throughout high school. It contains information about yourself that recruiters would be interested in knowing. This portfolio may include your personal statement or autobiography, attendance records, transcripts with test scores, resume, photos, extracurricular activities, involvement in the community, education/career goals, letter of recommendations, and awards. It is an opportunity to provide a comprehensive professional snapshot of yourself (Note: have multiple copies of test scores, transcripts, personal statement, and letters of recommendations so admission officers can put those copies with your application). If you decide to go to a college fair, you can bring your portfolio and possibly get accepted to a college or even employed on the spot.
Even when you enter a career, keep track of everything you have participated in and experienced that applies to that job, as it can possibly help qualify you for a promotion. There are plenty of resources to help further your education, thus furthering your future opportunities. Taking the time to build a strong student portfolio is a great place to start.