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How to Find the Right School for You and the Money For It.
Filling Out the Application
When you do this essential part of your application process you must keep
in mind that there are three types of questions the admissions officers
will be asking themselves when reading your application:
1. What is the institution getting? What does the candidate value? Is
there real intellectual curiosity?
2. What has the applicant accomplished in classroom? Challenged herself/himself?
Taken advantage of the curriculum? Have risked academically?
3. What has the candidate accomplished outside the class? Is there evidence
of applicant pursuing interests with persistence and compassion? How has
demonstrated concern for greater good? They also hate plagiarized, non-original
work and procrastination.
They also want to see students reach their individual academic and social
potential. Therefore keep in mind that the institutions attempt to match
students with institutional needs; they are selecting a class, not a group
of individuals. To satisfy the committee you have to:
a) show that you have maintained strong academic pace throughout your
b) have taken advantage of curriculum,
c) performed well in class,
d) presented competitive test results.
It is most important to ask yourself when filling out the application
not “How can I get it?”, but how can I most effectively portray the real
me?” They want an accurate, confident portrayal spiced with a few
sparks of originality. What is important in an applicant for them is that
the student demonstrates leadership, hard work, initiative and commitment.
Before filling out the applications try to find out what exactly these
schools value, what do they want from prospective applicants. This information
is most often in the booklets and on the sites, therefore read everything
you can find. I have found statements what qualities in a candidate the
institution is interested in fitted in some tiny little paragraph that
is easy to miss.
Ask Questions! On whatever site you can find an address that connects
you with a knowledgeable person – write to find out more! On non-school
sites like www.mycollegeguide.org
you might find A’s to Q’s like “How important are SAT’s for State U?”
Communication With the College
I have talked much already about writing to the college, asking questions,
getting information. This may not be as important in the admissions process
when you target an undergraduate program but it is the main point when
you work towards graduate school. Getting into grad school is based on
the impression you have made, therefore you have to be in contact with
people you are going to impress. Write to the admissions officers, find
e-mails of the professors in the field you are interested in and write
them, ask questions about the program, about the school, about the atmosphere
and the student body, about the concept of teaching in the school. All
this is essential for you in your choice, so do not be afraid to ask questions.
Remember, in this process no question is silly and no question in unimportant.
This is the next 2 to 5 years of your life and you want to be happy during
Also some schools will have students write you and giving you the opportunity
to ask them questions. Never loose it. They are the ones who go to school
where you want to study and they are the most accurate source of info.
You also have the opportunity to become known by someone on campus and
in case you go there you will not be in a strange place with no one to
talk to about your first impressions and no one to get advice from except
peer freshmen. So when you get a letter from someone who says she or he
is a student of the school – jump at the opportunity to make acquaintances.
Often it is easier to find the information for those aiming for UG programs,
while graduate info is often not so well presented. If you think that
being a freshman is enough for you – it might be a good idea to ask the
college in a different letter about their undergraduate catalogue and
see what attention is paid to undergrads in this school. You will be the
one teaching these fellas when you go to study there. Also see what is
being said about the graduate community in the undergraduate booklet.
Try to make up your mind about the general school atmosphere from the
site / catalogue / ratings, etc and then you will be more prepared to
asking questions about graduate programs. Understand that some schools
may not have graduate programs therefore state clearly what kind of info
you want to receive. Surfing the site for graduate programs available
And the last: In whatever you do to get accepted to that dream school
you have to limit the risk of not getting in and increase the odds that
you will win admission. Pages :
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