Summertime usually means lounging on the beach, soaking up the sun, and eagerly counting the days to the NLC. But for all of you rising seniors, it also means that it’s time to start thinking about college and scholarship applications. Here are some tips I’ve learned for making your involvement in FBLA shine on college and scholarship applications:
1. Keep good records. This goes for you too, underclassmen! Start a binder and collect records from all of your FBLA events, conferences, and meetings. Save flyers, photos, agendas, press releases, newspaper articles, awards, meeting minutes – you name it! When senior year rolls around, you can refer back to your binder as you search for inspiration for your essays, construct your resume, and log community service hours.
2. F-B-L-What? Hard as it is to believe, not everyone is an FBLA encyclopedia. As you’re filling out applications, assume that you’re writing for a reader who has never heard of our organization. Spell out acronyms like SLC and NLC and clearly explain what your leadership positions and projects entail. Before you submit anything, ask a friend or family member unfamiliar with FBLA to read over your work and check for clarity.
3. Be active! At every college information session I’ve attended, the admissions officers stress that they value active participation in a few organizations over membership in many. So get involved! Join committees, lead projects, and even take on the responsibility of an officer position. It may just make the difference for your application, and more importantly, it will allow you to make the most out of your FBLA experience!
4. Numbers count. Numbers can help you emphasize your impact on an application, so keep track! How many members did you lead? By what percentage did your chapter grow? How much money did you raise for the March of Dimes? How many students did you read to during Service in Sync? How many visits did your Web site for the Web Site Design competition receive?