The Brag Sheet PurposeA brag sheet is very similar to a student resume – it highlights your accomplishments, key experiences, leadership skills and employment throughout your secondary education. Essentially, it’s a quick reference guide with all the details and achievements for someone trying to get to know you better.
How to Use a Brag Sheet
Brag Sheet FormatAs with college essays, keep your brag sheet as clear and concise as possible. Anyone who will be reading your brag sheet will be reading many student documents. Use bullet points instead of long paragraphs for enhanced readability and keep your brag sheet to one page.
What to Brag AboutA brag sheet doesn't need to look like a typical resume. Include your grade point average (GPA) and any test scores (such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT). But remember, the main highlight of your brag sheet is to showcase your high school career and personal accomplishments. Starting from ninth grade, include all your experiences. Ideally, you would have been keeping track of all your time in any extracurricular activity, sport, club, travels, volunteer service, as well as any awards, leadership positions, etc. If you have not been keeping track you should get started building your brag sheet (you’ll be grateful you had, come your senior spring semester). Remember this is called a brag sheet for a reason. It can seem uncomfortable listing all you’ve accomplished, but they are your WINS! While you should be honest (some schools do verify these), you should not be overly humble – it’s time to highlight your triumphs! At the top of your brag sheet, include your name, address and contact information. Additionally, some brag sheets include a question-and-answer format, which is your option. Some students answer questions, but only include them when giving their brag sheet to individuals writing letters of recommendation and not to potential colleges. You will have to determine what the best option for your situation. Some example questions include:
• What would you consider to be your most outstanding accomplishment thus far, academic and personal?
Key high school experiences and activities that colleges will look for include (but are not limited to):
• Volunteer and community service work
• Talk about an event or happening in your life that had a significant impact on you. How did it affect your life, both personally and academically?
• Describe yourself using only five positive adjectives.
• What do you consider your three greatest academic strengths and weaknesses? Please briefly explain your answers.
• What do you consider your three greatest personal strengths and weaknesses? Please briefly explain your answers.
• Are there any factors or circumstances in your life related to your grades or admission test scores that you would like colleges to be aware of?
• Are you excited to explore a particular academic area in college? If yes, which area of study and why?
• Are you interested in a particular profession? Why?
• Briefly introduce yourself to your future college roommate.
• Leadership positions you’ve held
• Non-academic extracurricular activities such as your involvement in music, arts or athletics
• Academic clubs or academically focused extracurricular activities you are (or have been) involved in
• Honors and awards you’ve received (in school, community or otherwise)
• Employment, part-time or otherwise
When listing items like jobs, volunteer work and community service, include your supervisor’s name and number with the description. This way colleges can verify your experiences.