Your email id or name influences how Admissions' Officers' first impression of you. What your friends find funny, your Admission Officer may not. Let me share with you broad guidelines of what is NOT funny or cute or smart: Sexual connotations are not funny; an id that puts down women is not funny; an id that implies you hate certain groups is not funny; an id that encourages terrorism is not funny; an id that says, "I am a jerk," is not funny. You have to make a good impression from the start. No matter what your views may be on different subject or groups, understand the difference between a professional profile and a personal profile. What is appropriate for your personal page on FaceBook may not be right for your professional profile or advancement. Be professional when you apply to a US university. Admissions Officers at US universities and many universities around the world have high standards and so should you as an international student!
Dr. Gupta is CEO of USAsiaEdu and fmeaWorld, a service to assist international students applying to US universities.
Some students prefer universities that do not require the GRE. There are several U.S universities that do not require GRE. Here are some things to consider:
- There are many more U.S. schools that require the GRE than those that do not.
- You will have a smaller list to select from if you do not take the GRE.
- It is not fair to conclude that universities that do not require the GRE are bad and those that require them are good. Not true.
- If you don't take the GRE, you will not get your visa – FALSE.
- It is true that if you lie to the visa officer or if you lack confidence during your interview or if your marks or grades are poor, visa officers may tend to scrutinize your application more closely.
- It is better to take the GRE and score less than not to take the GRE at all.
You may still decide not to take the GRE. Students who make this decision gain admission to good US institutions. Just know the facts before you jump in!
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How to find the right MBA program:
A significant number of people are interested in a MBA degree as a way to advance their career and increase their compensation package. Employers are not just interested in your MBA degree, but also which school you received it from. Of course the easy answer is that we would all like to get our MBA’s from the top 20 ranked schools. The not so easy answer is that we have to select a school that meets our academic and financial profile. The US has over 500+ MBA schools and picking one can be a herculean task. So what can a prospective student do?
First, evaluate your career goals and see what you would like to be doing 5, 10 and more years from now. As I mentioned yesterday, MBA comes in many flavors, so pick the one that fits best for you.
Secondly, select a school that best fits your academic and financial profile. This is an analytical process and drilling down to the best school for you can be achieved via several dimensions. There is a lot of help out there in selecting the right school, both free of charge and paid consulting.
Lastly, go with your gut feeling.
I invite you your comments on why you would like to do an MBA and in what specialization.
For many international students, studying in the US is a life-long
dream. A great education, great career prospects, and a great nation
that values freedom and diversity is an exciting landing place for any
student! Unfortunately the process of selecting the right university
for the right reasons is not an easy choice for many international
students. They are overwhelmed with questions:
- What should I study?
- How do I find the right university?
- What kind of a job will I get once I graduate?
- What is the time line for applying?
- Will I get admission?
- Will I get a scholarship?
- What tests should I take?
- What scores should I make on these tests?
- What should my essay say about me?
These and many other questions make it difficult, very difficult, for international students to take the next step forward.
there are many websites, combined, they tend to confuse the student
more than offer clear counsel. What should a student do? Where should a
student begin to learn about this process? When is it a good time to
start researching your university and your career? These and other
similar questions will be addressed in this blog.
In the meantime, if you have any questions you can write to me at exec@USAsiaEdu.com
Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the CEO of USAsiaEdu, a New York company, that helps international students interested in studying in the US.