Colorado HS Student Relies on Rubin Emerge, Accepted to Elite Engineering School
In Their Own Words
Student Drew Coffin: “Thanks to Rubin , I know how to be more professional whether I need to write an email, submit my resume or complete another formal task. I believe every student should receive the instruction I did because it set me apart in a competitive application process.”
Teacher Janet Brophy: “The Rubin Emerge online program is easy to use and gives the kids an advantage with any writing challenge. What Drew and others learned this year will translate to emails, research papers and other real-world skills for years to come.”
As Drew Coffin went through the application process for Colorado School of Mines, a top-tier engineering school located in Golden, CO, he noticed a section for “optional” material to submit.
Coffin’s “optional” choices: a resume and an example of personal success.
Good thing the 18-year-old was prepared with both.
Coffin, who hopes to one day work in robotics, graduated in spring 2019 from Haxtun High School in Haxtun, Colorado, a city in the northeast corner of the state near the Nebraska border.
Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, Haxtun High School teacher Janet Brophy used Emerge to train her students – including Coffin – to write and speak with professionalism.
The online curriculum features 100+ self-paced activities for email etiquette, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, thank-you notes and more.
“I have worked in human resources and know the value of a well-written application,” says Brophy.
With each new lesson, Coffin paid attention and his effort paid off.
Rubin teaches the importance of quantifying success on a resume. Whenever possible, add numbers to show the reader how much or how many.
In Coffin’s case, he listed a community service achievement in which classmates raised money for a family who had gone through health issues. How much money did the students collect with Coffin at the helm? $250.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Colorado School of Mines as the 32nd best public university in America. It’s selective. It’s tough.
Details like $250 matter.
The other “optional” submission is a story of personal success. Thanks to Rubin, Coffin was ready again.
Coffin shared a story of how he revived Haxtun High School’s Student Council Association (SCA), which was shut down in his junior year.
Coffin worked hard during his senior year to gather interested students and prove to two skeptical teachers why they should serve as advisors (and why the SCA would not fold again).
After months of diligence, Coffin restarted the SCA, served as president and leaves behind 20 excited members who will carry his legacy into the 2019-2020 school year.
Consider Colorado School of Mines impressed.
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