Nandhini (Happy Schools Reader) wrote a comment about her American Education and Study Abroad experience at 5 Bitter Facts About Unambitious Students.
Her thoughts and comments are something every student should read, understand and follow. So, her comment is edited and published as an article to reach a wider audience.
Wow! Loved this article!
Many students have built in apprehension that they cannot score greater than 300 or 310 in GRE Test and limit their dreams.
I have felt bad about such students, seriously guys, dreaming high doesn’t cost you anything! Always dream high!
I have laughed internally at a few people (no offense) when they ask information about good colleges (with financial aid!) with GRE score 290 and TOEFL 80.
Guys, you need to be aware that US educational system is very much organized, they will NOT reject you or accept you just because of GRE/TOEFL.
They see your college application package, pay attention to each sentence in:
- Recommendation Letters
- Statement of Purpose
- Academic Scores
- Test Scores (GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, etc)
- TOEFL or IELTS
Then they decide to accept or reject you!
Many students without prior knowledge, would give advice like, “For this GRE score, you must apply to these Universities“.
I wonder from where the hell they got such info!
Dreaming high is always good.
When I wanted to apply for University of Pennsylvania, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and University of Texas at Austin, many laughed at me, but I am glad that I at least tried!
Be prepared to INVEST in higher studies, when you are going to spend in lakhs (thousands of dollars) for your education, why don’t you spend that and apply to many ambitious schools?
And for those you lack determination or limit your dreams in the case of the GRE. Here is me, a living example, who scored 290 (Q: 146+V:144) in May and would like to specify that I was working in a research lab.
Like any student, I was upset for a couple of days, yes it takes time to gain equilibrium.
Made up my mind, quit the position, because I knew I cannot do two things at a time!
Took up GRE seriously, joined a coaching center and many believe that if you join a coaching center, they will spoon feed you, this is totally wrong! No coaching center will guarantee a good score, they will just guide you!
Practice and Hard work are required from your side and prepared seriously for two months and obtained 318 (Q:165+V:153).
The GRE is not an exam that you can study before the exam, just think, if it was that easy, why would ETS demand $195 to take up that exam?
Why many prepare for months to get a score?
Above all, why ETS is still having a research/experimental module? THINK!
Here’s my version of the success formula:
Success Formula for Students = Dream High + Plan Intelligently + Work Diligently + Assess Your Improvement At Regular Intervals
Thanks Raghu, if I had known this earlier, I would have added that I am blessed with admit in UNC with full funding.
Incredible story right? Improving GRE Scores by 28 points in 2 months time. I haven’t seen many students who can do that. But, above all, her advice is practical and I wish everyone who is posting in forums for a list of universities for their profile can learn a valuable lesson from Nadhini’s experience.
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