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#CongratsGrads: Dedicated to Graduating High School Seniors

You did it! The countdown to the end of the school year is finally approaching the number “zero” (for some of you, it’s already there!). It’s bittersweet, but you can now reminisce and be proud of everything you’ve accomplished. As you transition to incoming college freshman status, now is the time to start preparing  for college life and anticipate all of the discoveries, opportunities, and experiences that the next four years will bring. Via Facebook and Twitter last week, we posed two big questions: What are you going to miss the most about high school? What are you looking forward to the most about college? Check out what several students had to share below:


I’m going to miss my easy-going classes and most of my classmates! I’m looking forward to the dinner hall, meeting new people, and exploring a whole new state while I move off to college! In other ways it’s pretty much an adventure! – Cindy O.

I’m going to miss my friends who have become like family to me, but as their doors close, I hope to expand my family in college while never forgetting the ones that got away. – Quiah V.

I’m going to miss the high school atmosphere being with my friends. But I think mostly the teachers because they support you so much and want you to succeed – they want to help you grow and push you to go to college. What I’m looking forward to about college is being away from home and meeting new people, because college is all about having new experiences and by throwing myself into a new place with all new people, I have a chance to grow, be myself, make new friends, and have new experiences. – Adrian H.

Surround yourself with people that share similar interests. Be in control of yourself, because in college it’s all about you! There will be guidance, but you will have to go on your own. They will help prepare you for everything! Have essays to write? There are computer labs, peer mentors, student advisors, etc. Trust me, the universities have every resource you need, so do not be afraid to ask! Feeling stressed? Re-evaluate your goals and mission, because that will remind you why you are there and why you want to make a change in your life. Don’t let one wrong turn bring you down! We are humans, we all make mistakes – just stand up proud and wave your hands up in the air like you just don’t care. Oh and college professors will be direct with you! Remember you’re an adult now, so they will treat you like an adult. Have fun :) – Dalia G.

At Cappex, your college decision headquarters, we understand the questions, excitement, and apprehension you might have about the years ahead, because each of us has been through the experience. After looking back on our college years, a few Cappexians have bestowed the following words of wisdom:

“Make sure to take advantage of your school’s cultural activities. If you have a slow evening, don’t watch TV. Instead, go to a lecture or free concert, there’s one almost every night.” — Mike F.

“You’re going to change your major ten times. That’s okay.” — Elijah C.

“Be responsible with finances. Don’t take out a credit card.” — Ben A.

“It’s okay to be undecided to figure out what you want to study later. Take classes that interest you. If you find a class that you love, you may want to stick with it.”  -Marissa G.

From all of us here at Cappex, Congrats #Classof2014!

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The Cappex #ClassOf2014 Playlist

If you could have one theme song for the school year what would it be? This past week via Twitter and Facebook, we asked YOU to share your favorite songs from the past year.  The ones that kept you motivated through those all nighters and even the ones you danced the nights away to. Check out the list below for songs that students like you couldn’t get out of their heads:

“The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” – Ylvis
Submitted by Armando M.

“Make Me Proud” – Drake featuring Nicki Minaj 
Submitted by Brittany

“Iridescent” – Linkin Park
Submitted by Arlynn A.

“Rock around the Clock”
Submitted by Patrick K.

And enjoy the following video-accompanied submissions! If you have a favorite song not featured on this list, share it with us in the comments below, Facebook, or Twitter.

“Hey Brother” – Avicii
Submitted by Natalie N.

“Forever Young ” – Jay Z | Mr. Hudson
Submitted by Husein H.

Happy” – Pharrell
Submitted by Jonathan J.

“Roar” – Katy Perry
Submitted by Chi N.


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How to Write a High School Resume


If you’re starting to think about applying for a summer job or an internship, you’ll need a resume. While it’s true that not all employers require you to submit a resume with your application, it’s still a very good idea to have one on hand just in case. As a high school student, you may not have had any real employment experience yet. If that’s the case, you’re probably wondering what exactly to put on your resume. Here are some tips to get you started.

Start off with listing your full name and contact information. If you don’t have an email address yet, it’s a great time to create one! If you have an existing email address, ask yourself whether it’s appropriate to put on a resume. You might want to consider creating a new, more professional email address for yourself, such as your initials and a unique number, or your first initial, last name, and a unique number.

A resume should showcase your experience. If you think you have no experience, think again. Have you done any volunteer workHave you performed any odd jobs, such as babysitting, dog walking, snow shoveling, or lawn care? These are all things you can list on your resume in the experience section. These small jobs and volunteer work show you have initiative and are willing and able to work.

If you really don’t have any experience, focus on going into more detail about your high school career in the education section of your resume. List any honors or AP classes you took and any other classes that are unique and/or relevant to the job or career you’re interested in. List all the organizations, sports, and activities you were involved in, highlighting any leadership positions you held. Don’t forget to also include any awards or special recognition you received during high school.

A resume should also showcase your skills. Because your experience section might be a bit lacking when compared to a traditional resume, it’s important to build a thorough skills section. Here you should list all of your relevant skills and abilities, such as computer programs you’re familiar with, and personal characteristics that are important in any workplace, such as leadership skills, communication skills, an eye for detail, and being a fast learner.

Perspective employers will often ask for references. References are people who know you well enough that they can speak to your abilities and experience. It’s not necessary to include your references on your resume, but you should always have a list of at least two or three people who are available to serve as references for you. That way, you can have your list on hand for whenever a prospective employer asks for them. Avoid listing family members. Instead, consider listing teachers, religious leaders, previous employers, people you’ve done volunteer work for, and family friends. Be sure to ask the people you chose whether they feel comfortable with you listing them as a reference. Also ask them how they’d prefer to be contacted by any of your prospective employers, and be sure to list only the contact information they allow you to.

Click here for some examples of high school resumes. Good luck with your job search!

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