When preparing your high schooler’s transcripts for college admission, there are a few things you simply must include (English, math, and history spring to mind), and several more that you can safely leave off (no matter how proud your little sprout is of them).
Here are a few to edit right out:
• A lovingly arranged scrapbook of your family outings.
• Scrabble high scores: no matter Little Gerry’s expertise, this does not count as math. Or spelling.
• Mowing the lawn (this is not PE).
• A list of every book read in the past four years. Impressive yes, but not a good idea. How many forests do you want to annihilate with that much paper?
• 20 credits in one semester. Umm, no one is smellin’ what you’re steppin’ in there.
• You can’t give credits for diapering the baby, sorry.
• Basic chores (see above).
• Alphabetizing your bookshelf.
• Carrying groceries from the car every Monday is not PE, nor is it social studies.
• “Life Experience.” That’s a negative, Ghostrider.
• Dismal scores on algebra, but high scores on geometry and trig. Things that make you go, whaaa?
• Cleaning out the fridge is not a biology or chemistry credit, no matter how old and expired that sour cream was.
• Klingon is not a foreign language, nor is Elvish. Sigh.
• Air guitar.
• Family dinners should not be counted as debate class. Well, then again, that’s debatable. HA!
• Introducing the entire series of Doctor Who to friends can’t count as community service.
• Being an expert on the BBC’s Sherlock does not count as a leadership position!
• Neither does being proficient at Minecraft. Even if Junior has his own hotline. Well, okay, maybe then . . .
• Unloading the dishwasher is not home economics. Wait. Is there such a subject as home ec anymore, anyway?
• One spin around the room doing your best ballroom dancing impression at a homeschool prom does not a credit earn.
• The Twilight graphic novel is not American literature.
(Also, don’t hand write your transcript, even if Little Sally’s cursive is impressive. Short, simple, and professional are what colleges are looking for.)
P.S. No glitter or gel pens, you crafty moms. Seriously, you cannot be trusted around office supplies, can you?