Students can then begin to categorise each experience and activity into the characteristics they demonstrate/develop. Some traits that tend to be a good bet when it comes to university applications include:
- Time management
- Technological skills
Finally, they can research which qualities their respective admissions teams are looking for, and tailor the extracurriculars they include (and how) accordingly. Unsurprisingly, these characteristics will depend entirely on the university and the subject area.
Of course, the process we’ve just outlined can require quite a bit of time, work, and self-reflection, so you might have to structure some of your time with students to exploring these areas.
Better still, you could get them onto BridgeU’s free platform. Our Strategy Advisor guides students through the whole process, and helps sort experiences for them! It can even pick the most relevant ones depending on the countries they’re interested in.
Once they’ve got a range of experiences to hit each of the most relevant criteria for their region, institution and subject, students can start to piece them together in a way that tells a compelling story.