Building your kid's resume-Early

Ok so I know the word resume and kid may seem ODD but the truth is, were all a sum of our experiences and we want our little people to be prepared once they hit the world!

On the heels of my previous post, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”-Asking with a purpose, I touched on figuring out what your kids interests are. Now that you have an idea, what do we do to immerse them and push them in the right direction?

 My Jr year in high school, I transferred to a pretty competitive college prep private school. I often wondered why I felt like the other students were leaps and bounds ahead of me in their college searches. They’d interviewed, visited and had personal contacts within admissions! What was I missing?

I realized that what separated me from them wasn’t my academic ability or my thirst for knowledge or even my desire to attend college, they’d just been immersed in it much earlier than I. As I stood in the library Jr. year printing off an AP physics study guide, thinking I was being extra studious and prepared, I came across a Harvard application my friend was printing out! To my surprise, it wasn’t for freshman year college, but for SUMMER! A summer program at Harvard for qualified high school students to get a bit more enrichment. After a long line of questioning, I found that the experience wasn’t just for the extra work on Harvard’s campus, it was an opportunity to say she’d spent a summer semester there, breathed the air, studied in the libraries, spoken to professors and could say “I lived the life of an Ivy League college student”

 

I was reminded of this experience when I started talking to Brendan about his future. So I got on my handy dandy google and started asking questions. I’ve compiled a list of ways for kids 3rd grade-high school who want to get involved in their future fields

 

1.       Reach out to colleges for youth programs

·       Standford:https://news.stanford.edu/2016/08/15/high-schoolers-careers-science-engineering-medicine/

·       Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth : https://cty.jhu.edu/

·       Harvard: https://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs

·       GA Tech https://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/studentprograms/summer-peaks_programs/highschool

The list truly goes on and on. I would suggest calling the admissions offices or the individual schools within a university to inquire about programs for students K-12. You’ll be surprised at the amount of programming you will find! I did the same thing: called Georgia tech and asked if they had any STEM programming for elementary students! I was linked to a program sponsored by the school of engineering!

2.       Do your research- this article is an excellent step-by-step method to getting closer to medical school but I think it can be used for literally any career choice!

·       Interview/shadow a professional within your desired field

·       Volunteer

·        do a research project

·        apply for summer programs:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/marjorie-hansen-shaevitz/so-you-want-to-go-to-medi_b_5347725.html

Finally, document all of it! Pictures, slide shows, printed scrapbooks whatever it takes to trigger your memory that you, in fact, had these experiences, valued them and are prepared to prove it. Make it an art project-a trip down memory lane for you and the kids.

 

As always, I'm interested to know what suggestions yall have. what are some great way's you've exposed your kids to higher learning? any particular programs, camps or activities you'd suggest?!