In March 2020, schools began closing because of COVID-19. Since then, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the education of millions of high school and college students.
Unprecedented… for once this adjective is not an exaggeration! With academic life upended, parents and students are asking about the pandemic’s effect both on graduating seniors and juniors gearing up to apply to college.
A key to making friends and finding your tribe is recognizing the difference between intention and expectation. Intention imparts a sense of purpose tempered with willingness to adapt to changing circumstances. Expectation is based on a presumption of reality that is beyond our control and apt to disappoint.
The decision to attend university in a foreign country, far from the comforts of home, is a declaration of courage. Earning a degree in a language not your own merits a second bravery citation.
Faced with the choice between applying to university in the US or the UK, it makes sense to first determine what you want out of the experience. Both systems offer excellent options for a fine education but have distinct points of difference.
The key to admission at a prestigious US college is positioning oneself to stand out from the crowd. For most schools, you are not applying for a place in a degree program, but to become a unique contributor within a diverse academic community, where students are encouraged to explore a range subjects before choosing their specialization.
The essay is the place in an application where your personality can shine through. It is your chance to tell the admissions committee about your character, passions, achievements, and values – while demonstrating how you think and communicate ideas in writing. This is persuasive information not revealed in test scores and grades.
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