In this era of tough competition, the challenge before any student is to not only to secure good grades at the school and high school level but also to project themselves superior over other candidates possessing similar grades across various nationalities. With more and more people increasingly showing keenness to be global citizens, the international boundaries often seem to disappear as students look forward to complete their education from different parts of the world with a major chunk turning towards the land of opportunities – The United States of America.
Now the question comes that when there is so much competition in USA for a seat in the college. How does an applicant prove his/her superiority over r other candidates?
Broadly speaking there are three factors which shall separate you from the rest of the crowd.
1.Research on the B-Schools
A lot of students think that if they manage to receive a call for interview from Harvard or Columbia, they have nailed it. You need to understand that during the interview the admissions committee is going to drill you on how your choice of programs is going to help you in the long run and why do you think you would a be a perfect fit in for the program. The moment you are caught faking it, the next thing that you shall be walking out of that door, kissing that particular college’s dream good bye.
2.The Essay Says it all.
Now you got good grades, that is good.
You got first rank and were the topper of your school. That is better.
And there are more than 98,817 public schools in USA alone as per National Centre for Education Statistics. Which means you have at least 98,817 toppers of class competing with you. That’s where it turns worst.
So what makes the difference?
It is the b-school essay which makes all the difference and in order to make it more appealing help should be taken from current students, former students and all parts of the world. Remember, a strong essay puts the limelight on you and you end up earning that maiden call. If your essay is messed up, your chances of getting a call are next to none.
If needed, get help from professional consultants for essay. That is highly recommended in this competitive world. Better safe than sorry. Right?
3.Your fragrance of superiority would not spread everywhere automatically. You need that Letter of Recommendation to increase your chances.
No doubt, you are a good student. Your academic credentials and achievements are a testimony to that. However, every product today is purchased by the customers only after reading the reviews online or offline. So it is pertinent that any top B-School will need a second quality assurance that the product (you) is of superior quality and can be relied upon.
Also the credibility of the recommender is also cross checked. It is like checking out the credentials of the film critic before watching a movie. Therefore, you need a strong recommender who not only knows you well but also has been an achiever in his/her life. Be sure that he/she is serious about writing your LOR and has already written a few. A weak recommendation letter will rather pull you down. So do not make the mistake of taking it as just a mandatory column in the application form.
I know you would like to know more but due to space constraints I cannot write everything here.
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Hope this helps. Just a word of caution- Remember that you are good but you are not the only one.