MaiaLearning is a platform that engages high school students in planning for college and careers. Students develop profiles using built-in assessments. They explore recommended careers; and build academic and career plans to reach those that interest them. They track assignments, deadlines, and commitments. They set goals, write journals, catalog experiences, and build portfolios to present their unique abilities. High school students research colleges, build college plans, request recommendations, and submit application requests. College Counselors will use Maia to electronically send out a students recommendations and transcripts to all the colleges they are applying to senior year.
The Maia 'Portfolio' section is a great resource to begin building a resume. Students add extracurricular activities, community service experiences, any internships etc. into the 'experiences' tab, then head over to the 'resume' tab and continue filling it out. When in the resume tab, experiences section will be at the top, and students can check whether or not they would like them added to the resume. There are two sections for awards/honors, the first is for academic awards (like Honor Roll, Excellence in Geometry, etc.) and the section below it is for general awards (where you would include awards for service hours, Eagle Scout, etc.)
After filling it all out, click to download the resume and that is what you can send to institutions if that is an application requirement. Students can also use it as a reference as they fill out the activities section of their applications as a guide to make sure they remember to include everything.
The best way for students to put their best foot forward in the admission process would be to be as detailed as possible while filling out the resume builder. It asks for descriptions, student's specific involvement, etc. Students should fill everything out and including all activities, community service, internships, part time jobs, religious organization involvement, pretty much anything that is relevant for how students spend their time while enrolled at Spalding. It is always best to err on including too much information instead of not enough.
Maia also has a portfolio section called 'galleries' where students can upload files (pictures, presentations, papers) that they would like to showcase. It can be shared with universities via a link. Check the websites of the colleges being considered to see if they accept any supplemental materials prior to spending time in that section (unless students wants to keep track of their own accomplishments.)
Maia offers a ‘MaiaDrive’ where students can upload materials and share materials with others. This functions as storage space for students to access their college essay, or resume from anywhere using the Maia system.
It isn't required to use these tools in order to submit your actual application and colleges cannot see the documents stored in Maia unless they are actually attached to the application itself that is submitted.