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How To Make Your Transcript Look Better?  
User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2687 posts, RR: 9
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3582 times:

I'm nearing the end of my sophomore year in High School, and obviously I'm being pressured by parents that want me to be an over-achiever (lol, you may have had the same type), to look at colleges. I know for a fact that I want to go into business, and my top choice for a business school is NYU. Just a great school, and I definitely don't want to stay in CNY- it sucks.

That behind me, what can I possibly do to make my transcript look good, to get into NYU? I know that having a job looks good, obviously, and I've got that covered (ahh, the joy of earning $6 an hour bagging groceries). Volunteer work always looks good, but where can I volunteer, where it would apply to business. Obviously not a hospital or anything, or would that actually help? Should I have a crapload of clubs (eg. crappy language clubs- I'm taking German and Spanish, so should I join those infamous after school clubs?), or anything else, at all?
I will gladly appreciate advise and suggestions from all. Thank you all!

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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3578 times:

Yeah, just go to a couple meetings of the the worst clubs you can find. Latin Club, Arab League, and throw it down on your application. Anyway, its not like the colleges actually check whether you were an actual member.


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User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

This is sad, truly sad !

Here's a radical idea, what is it you are interested in ? ARE you interested in anything ? How about taking part in that (and doing it for the right reasons).



" Help, help ... I'm being oppressed ... "
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3566 times:

I agree with Pacificjourney...do what you want to do because YOU want to do it and you have an actual interest in it...not because your college "resume" needs some thickening or your parents want you to do it...

I'm a college freshman, and by following that advice (which basically meant participating in one school club since nothing else school-wise interested me), I got into my top choice...

Greg



[Edited 2004-04-19 02:37:42]


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User currently offlineDavid b. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3560 times:

Yeah, just go to a couple meetings of the the worst clubs you can find. Latin Club, Arab League, and throw it down on your application. Anyway, its not like the colleges actually check whether you were an actual member.


How about the NRA, KKK, GOP and ignorant right wingers club? It is obvious they don't check.



Teenage-know-it-alls should be shot on sight
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4513 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3559 times:

number 1 advice from AirxLiban who has spent 3 years in college:





















DO NOT MAJOR IN BUSINESS IF YOU ARE AN UNDERGRADUATE*



*Exceptional circumstances may make this a good idea...but generally not.

In any event, I would say that the job does not make you a better candidate. If anything it makes it seem as though you are less serious about school. Volunteering is great, I would say plan to do something extremely productive either this summer or the summer after...that will see you through.



PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlineDontlikeairbus From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 3548 times:


i resent the fact that college admission boards like seeing wussy extra curricular activities like clubs on applications

in high school i really didnt do much of anything
went to school, studied and played sports and video games to pass the time, flipped hamburgers my senior year

i didn't give a crap about joining a latino club, or key club or whatever
so when it came to silly high school clubs i just made up which ones i was in

silly school clubs are the easiest and really the only thing i recommend fabricating
most clubs are total jokes anyway


User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2687 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3525 times:

Pacificjourney and USAFHummer-

I never said that I didn't want to do the club thing, and I definitely never said that they didn't interest me. So, take a look at what I typed, and go from there. I said that they were "infamous"- ever heard of sarcasm, Pacificjourney? I simply asked for suggestions about what I can do to add to my transcript.

And AirxLiban-

Why shouldn't I major in business as an undergraduate? Any specific reasons why?


User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3522 times:

If I may answer for AirxLiban, because over specialised under-graduate degrees are a waste of money. Do what you are interested in and do it well (plus maths no matter what) and then specialise in a post grad degree if you want but don't spend the cash before then.

Proffessional degrees are for after you have some experience in which ever proffession it is and no one wants to hire you just because you did an under grad degree in (write 'hot' degree subject of the week here) no matter what the universities say. They just want to get higher tuition money, yours !




" Help, help ... I'm being oppressed ... "
User currently offlineRjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 3511 times:

AirXLiban is 100% right....It would be far better off for you to major in economics, or mathematics or something like that.

Also, you should definitly apply early to NYU if it is your #1 choice.


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

Dude, you only make $6 bagging groceries? I made $7.16 to start. Then I got promoted and now make $10.13 Big grin

Community service and lots of it will help you garner what you are after. Also, being in many clubs, or in one club that you really enjoy (there are many out there, I am in JAM club, we just hang out after school and jam for two hours) and become president of said club.

They look favorably on that.

DLKAPA


User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

I think if I had it to do completely over again, I would have taken more shop classes and worked harder in my math and science classes. I loved the drafting, and I loved the shop stuff. I could have had a lot of fun as an engineer with some mechanical skill. Oh well, being a CFI is kinda cool too. Maybe someday I'll get to get back into that stuff.

As far as making your transcript look better, just make sure you have decent grades and some extra-curriculars. You don't need a 4.0, and you don't need to go to a uber-prestigious institution. Just take fun and challenging classes, and do well in them.

'Speed


User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4513 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3491 times:

*DISCLAIMER: I know this is not true for all cases...I am just generalizing here*

if you're going to wharton or sloan and majoring in business...that is one thing, as you will most likely get a job JUST BECAUSE you went to sloan or wharton.

but thats really it...including the rest of the top 10 schools. an undergraduate degree in business may get you a mediocre paying job, but if you want to move up the rank quickly you're going to need an MBA.

If you did undergrad business and you get an MBA, it is still like having 1 skill. If you do undergrad in anything else, and then you get an MBA...then you have 2 skills.

In BSchool, you'll be taking marketing, economics, communication, entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, maybe b-law, most likely some probability and stats, as well as concentration classes on some sort of emphasis that you've decided on.

Now instead of doing that...major in something more quantitative and then bone up your skill set with classes in the business curriculum...such as finance and accounting, maybe take an communication class as well.

If i had to do it all over again...i would have double majored in math/econ.

and if i didn't love math and science as much as I actually do...i would have majored in accounting. probably the hottest career out there right now.



PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3529 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3476 times:

For Volunteer work i coached 2nd and 3rd grade soccer and did political stuff. The coaching soccer thing was awesome, and i learned a lot of stuff about teaching and kids and i don't know it was just a great experience. I always liked soccer and played it but i didn't realize how much fun it was to coach...I coached 2 seasons and we sucked the first 1, kids didn't win a game......but the second part of the season, we went 5-0-2 (no losses) i felt so awesome afterwards. hehe. So in summary you should do something you're already interested in, and then see where it takes you from there!


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