2 Things About 2 Students. Approach and Ability

Most students who send emails or post comments about profile evaluation generally fall under one of 2 categories, namely:

Student A: My GRE score is 1,000, academics 78%, TOEFL 84. I want a list of universities in the U.S. where I can get financial aid and job after earning my MS degree.

Student B: Sir, my profile goes like this: GRE Score – 1,000 (700 + 300), Academics – 78%, TOEFL – 84.

I have read a lot of articles in the blog and came to know that getting admission with scholarship is going to be tough. But I will take my chances to get aid in at least one or two semesters.

I want to study master’s in mechanical engineering with concentration in CFD (computational fluid dynamics).

I selected around 10 universities that accept my GRE score and gathered information and categorized them in a spreadsheet to readily see the deadlines, tuition fees, course structure, etc.

Can you take a look at the list of schools I made and kindly suggest 5 universities from them? Thanks for your help.

Approach

Applying at U.S. colleges and universities can be handled in one of two ways mentioned above.

By just by looking at the email from both students, it’s clear that Student B shows a positive approach towards life, education, field of interest, etc. He has taken actual efforts to find universities in his area of interest.

Most of the comments posted in the blog looks similar to Student A’s comments.

Ability

Even before the first email, Student B has done a lot of research by himself.

Finding 10 universities in the U.S. that accept GRE score of 1,000 that offer a program (major) in CFD is not an easy job. Lots of time and effort have to be put into such search effort.

Student B has assumed the responsibility to take care of his own future and is willing to take risks. Clearly, Student B has more ability to solve problems and get things done.

There are so many colleges and universities in the U.S. that will give admission for the above said profile.

However, the efforts you put now to find schools in America will actually help you in long run. You have the total control of the situation when you go to the university of your choice.

This way, you know more what to expect, which courses to study, which professor to work with, the cost of living, how students find job, etc.

It’s not that Student A cannot do the work similarly as Student B. It’s just that Student A doesn’t have any clue or whatsoever on how to approach the U.S. admission process.

Taking things for granted and merely posting messages in various forums, online communities, and blogs is not going to get much help.

Don’t get us wrong, we do appreciate the effort behind posting comments in any blog, especially to HSB, but Student A has to take it one step further, which is to do follow-ups and other support actions.

Questions

  • What do you think about two student types discussed above?
  • Who do you think will be more likely to get into universities and visa?
  • Analyze yourself and decide: Are you Student A or Student B?

Watch this video where I talked about academic ability and personality to learn about Student A and Student B.

3 Comments

  1. Ifeoma on December 18, 2009 at 1:53 AM

    is it possible to work to pay one's fees as an international student?

    • HSB on December 18, 2009 at 5:26 AM

      You can work part time oncampus upto 20 hours per week.

  2. Sarbjit Singh on December 17, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Kudos to your skills in representing the student approach and how different they can be.

    I agree that candidates can make their life easier by just making a simple choice of approaching the process in the right way.

    Guys, do your homework and half the battle is won 🙂

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