I debated several times before coming up with the the above title. But, you will understand the reason at end of this email conversation for the blog title.
Time and time again I have said applying to US colleges for higher education is not a joke. You have to pay attention to every detail. Students are expected to have certain degree of professionalism.
Student X Writes –
I received an email with Subject – Depressed.
I applied for Fall 2011 to the USA for Mechanical engineering.
My GRE score is 1320 (Q: 760, V: 560, AWA:3.5) My Bachelors score is 65% under VTU. Which isn’t bad but not great either (First class.) My TOEFL score is 94. I’ve 4 projects in my name- 2 internships, an international and national conference paper. I applied early enough as well…
But I got 8 rejects.
I didn’t over-apply. Schools like UT-Dallas and Oklahoma University have rejected me. So have Univ of Florida, ASU, SUNY-Buffalo, Illinois institute of Technology.
My SOP looked decent and my recommendation letters were pretty good.
Can anyone tell me where my profile has gone wrong?
I see people with GRE and bachelors score below mine get into good schools.
Send your SOP, LOR, Resume for review.
FYI – Any documents you sent cane be used in the blog later. If you are ok with that we can evaluate your profile.
Student X (with different email subject, but same email id)
Hello Sir, I’ve forwarded my reco letters and my SOP. I followed everything in the rule book.You can put my docs online but please don’t mention my name.Thanks a lot..
Did you use the the same email id, while completing the application?
(wordings changed, it was not grammatically correct)
Yes, this is the one…
No wonder your application was rejected.
You applied to some 8 schools right?
Seriously you how can you expect to use such email id [email protected] and get admission?
Email id is edited a bit (but has the same meaning)
How can a person who has engineering degree can even think of using such email id for college application?
Lessons to Learn
- When communicating with someone on same topic, always use the same email chain.
- If you don’t want to send original document, atlest take time t edited the name in the documents to make it look like yours.
- Try to use professional looking email id. If you have your primary email id is not professional looking, then create one.
Try to create an email id that reflected your name. Example
- firstname initial.lastname
- firstname.last name initial
- Avoid using numbers (if possible)
- don’t use other words
Examples of Bad Email Id’s for using during college applications
Above examples were taken from prospective students who has sent email to HSB.
I will discuss another major problem students have to overcome to have successful career in USA or any other country.
- Do you agree to the blog title, was it too harsh?
- Do you think you would have used similar looking email id for your US College application?
Update 1: Student X sent email saying different email Id was used and smartypants email id was used to communicate in the blog and feelings was hurt.
Intent of this post was not to hurt anyone feelings. It was completely based on the email conversation and this will help several hundred students. If proper email id was indeed used, then sorry you got all rejects, but this will serve as a lessons on why one should use a proper email id.
Update 2: Blog title updated.