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The journey towards higher education, can be very tedious and exhausting for any student having endless questions, doubts, fears and concerns such as “what do I want to study?”, “What are my key strengths and abilities ?”, “What’s the first step I need to take ?”.
Students and parents constantly face such questions at almost every step of the college application and admission process. It is very important for them to receive the right guidance at the right time to make this journey an exciting one.
To provide this right guidance at the right time, University Connection has a CAAS (Complete-Application-Admission-Schedule) program. It is a Road Trip; designed to help you get through your dream college. We hold your hand through the entire process of preparation for college from the very beginning till the end.
The CAAS Road Trip - Getting Started on the Journey
To make the college application process less daunting, we have broken down the entire journey into 11 key milestones.
This makes the college application process:
- Easy to visualize,
- Easy to organize, and
- Less stressful for students and parents.
The Road Trip : CAAS - Your Milestones
The first milestone with getting your college career started is your aptitude analysis. At this stage, we try and understand your interests and how you can combine them with your skills.
Do any of these questions sound familiar to you?
What can I do with a degree in English? How can I pursue a specialized career in Physics? Which is the right career path? How can I become a Researcher or a Scientist?
While you're wrapping up your teenage years, managing board exams, studying for entrance tests and trying to figure out the direction you want to take your life in, it's most likely for you to feel confused and lost about how you're going to make it all happen.
And that's why University Connection here to make sure you don't get lost before you get started.
2College and Scholarship Research
At this stage, we help you with sifting through a seemingly endless menu of options. Once we know where your strengths and interests lie and the college or career you wish to pursue, we help you with short listing the right university, college and courses for you.
Here's a sampling of what we'll walk you through:
- College entry requirements
- College Research specific to your area of study
- What kind of personal statements to write
- What SAT score cut-offs are necessary for each college or university
- What are the scholarship options available
- What your Statement of Purpose (SOP) should be like
- What portfolio of activities can make your application competitive
… and much more.
Each college requires a number of different documents to be submitted alongside the applications and each application has a different deadline.While most colleges are strict with their application deadlines, others have rolling admission procedures where you can send in an application until the semester officially begins.
There are also first, second and third level of deadlines that some universities specify in order to encourage students to apply early. Most universities in the United States allow students to use Early Application deadlines or Early Decision deadlines or Regular Decision deadlines! An understanding of each deadline can be really useful in order to help you plan your College Application - Admission schedule, which can be done at University Connection.
When reviewing college deadlines with you, we'll help you gather all the documents you require far ahead of submission dates so you're prepared well ahead of time.
Needless to say, every college application requires a number of tests that need to be cleared. Depending on where you're applying, you'll need to stay focused on getting strong exam scores to increase your chances of getting accepted by your dream colleges and for your most preferred programs.
Currently, University Connection works with students to help them prepare for :
While many other parameters are important, a good academic score at these exams is like a foot in the door at the university of your choice and must be prepared for, wholeheartedly.
5Your College Essay Impact
Writing your college essay is a non-negotiable component of your college application process and for many students, it is perhaps the most daunting task of all. But there's really no need to worry.
We'll work with you on how to write your SOPs, how to structure your essays and how to make sure the essays are error-free and all the proof-reading and editing is taken care of before finally submitting the essay.
Talk to us about our Writing Enhancement Programme (WEP) to see how you can get started on writing a winning essay.
Our College Essay guidance services include:
The college application process doesn’t end with completing your college essay or taking the SAT or IELTS. You also need to allow sufficient time to get your recommendation letters in place.
Recommendation Letters are a great way validate the wonderful student / professional that you are. Imagine what a good recommendation from a Math teacher can do to your application for Engineering or how an effective skill outline from an Economics professor can upgrade your application for a Masters in International Relations.
Depending on where you're applying, you may need to submit 2 - 3 recommendation letters from your teachers or your employers. So while you're thinking about your college admission process, we help you shortlist the people to approach to write the recommendations for you.
Remember, it's not just important to shortlist your recommenders, it is also important to adequately educate them about the course and university you are applying to, in order to attain a perfect Letter of Recommendation (LOR).
Once you've received your test scores, written your SOPs, gathered all your documents, received your recommendation letters, compiled your portfolio and filled out the application form, it's finally time to submit the application.
It still might sound a bit overwhelming?! We understand. But we're not done holding your hand yet. We'll sit with you with a detailed checklist of your complete college application and make sure you've crossed off every requirement before sending your application.
8Sifting Offer Letters
As you progress into the academic year, you'll begin hearing back from the universities you've applied to… and if you're in the very happy position of receiving multiple acceptances, then you'll have to take a little bit of time to sift through your offer letters to decide on which university will be the best fit for you.
A number of factors influence this decision, such as, budget constraint, scholarship support, location, course/program and a lot more.
University Connection understands that it's not just about getting an admit, it's about selecting the right fit - culturally, academically and economically.
What to expect when you enter university?
Whether you've applied to study abroad or have accepted admission to a city outside of your city of residence - you'll be opening yourself up to an entire world of new experiences. You'll be immersed in a new culture where you'll find differences in a number of areas including language, food, holidays, customs and more.
You know this change is good for you, but it can be extremely daunting if you do not orient yourself to the new environment/culture.
- Perhaps you're jittery about meeting new people and wondering how you'll make new friends.
- Maybe you're just thinking about things like what kind of clothes and books to take with you when you leave
- Or whether you'll be able to find vegetarian food anywhere!
Whatever you concern, University Connection helps you to prepare and develop the right mindset before you head to your new home for the next few years. Don't worry; you're not alone :)
10Your Yoga Experience at UC
This is a unique part of the The Road Trip - CAAS program.
University Connection believes that even as students debate, deliberate and decipher the what, where, when of higher education, the basic teachings and discipline of Yoga can be the most valuable tool to live a holistic academic life, with control over our distractions.
As a student on your path to your university, we help you employ Yoga as a tool to ENERGISE
Educate yourself about your body and its relation with the inner self
Neutralise any negativities that are inherent in your surroundings at home or elsewhere
Equalize your body systems
Get charged to study and play.
Stimulate growth and vitality
Empower yourself to become the master of your moods and stay motivated
Parents and students continue to find the yoga experience particularly uplifting.
11Accommodation and Visa Formalities
- College housing or your own apartment
- When do you start your student visa application
- How do you approach the embassy
- Which documents do you need to carry with you for the interview
- Do you need a statement of support from a guardian
A Final Reminder
As you progress through this wonderful journey leading up to your college acceptance and admission, it's important for you to know that University Connection will be with you through every step of the way.
Remember, there are certain steps you need to take that can prove to be invaluable for a strong college application. A strong portfolio of activities, finding internships or community service projects and steps you can take for cultural orientation before you get started with your application, will all help your college application rise to the top of the stack.