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Why do I need extracurricular activities?



Universities want students who do more than get good grades and test scores. They want well-rounded individuals who can contribute to their community. That’s one reason why participating in extracurricular activities is a big deal to college admissions officers. But participating in extra activities can do so much more. Continue reading

Make the college interview work for you



Does the idea of an interview make your palms sweat? You’re not alone. Don’t fret though. A college interview isn’t just a chance for you to make a great impression; it’s a chance for you to get a really good feel for whether a school is right for you. Here are some ways you can make the most of it. Continue reading

What do you want to study?


What do you want to studyDo you dream of becoming a doctor or lawyer or engineer? Have your parents influenced what you should study at university as a means to achieving a certain goal that they have for you?

More than likely in your country that typically means in order to achieve that dream/goal, when you finish secondary school and go to university, there is a very clear route you will take in terms of the academic subject you will study. In most cases, university study for typically three years is made up predominantly of courses in that subject, right? Continue reading

Before you begin: Define your terms

Define your termsWhen looking for answers to questions, depending on who you ask you might get several different responses. Many times we may not realize the questions we ask may contain terms that are not universally understood by the people you ask. For example, many international students come from countries where “colleges” are actually secondary schools. In the United States a “college” typically refers either to an undergraduate post-secondary institution, or a division of a university, e.g. the College of Engineering at “x” university. So, before you begin your “college” search, let’s spend some timing defining the important terms you will be hearing.

Our partners at EducationUSA, the U.S. Department of State’s network of over 400 advising centers in 170 countries, have compiled an outstanding glossary of terms that helps you get a firm foundation for your journey ahead. Also check out US News & World Report’s Education section for international students that contains a useful glossary as well. Continue reading

Quick tips on transitioning to college

campus lifeMoving from high school to college can be a bumpy road. You’re in a new place with new people. But this can also be wonderful! Here are three tips for making the move with ease.

Expand your horizons. Don’t pick your friend from back home as your roommate. Use this as a chance to expand your circle of friends.

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