An anonymous reader asks:
I’m an applicant for Fall 2010 admission in MIS in industrial engineering program. I have done undergraduate studies in B.Tech. mechanical engineering.
Presently, I’m working as an asst. executive engineer. In one of your articles, you had mentioned something like, to increase the chances of admission, mail your professor regarding your interest in that particular field.
But truly speaking, neither my job nor my undergraduate degree is related to industrial engineering. I heard a lot about industrial engineering only because of my friends who are studying in the U.S.
Since my GRE score is low, 1,100 (V = 470, Q = 630, AWA = 3.0), I have to do something to increase my chances of admission.
The articles you’ve posted had really helped me right from the beginning. Please do give me the advice that I need.
- Applying to go to the U.S. for a degree program because your friends said a lot about IE is just plain ridiculous and unacceptable.
- It’s good to get some ideas from your friends about various program offerings, but applying to a program without knowing anything about it. It’s just not right.
- It’s your life and career. You have to take responsibility about it, not your friends.
- Having no idea of a particular field doesn’t mean you cannot find any information about that field.
- Even after applying to a program, it looks like you haven’t researched at all to find what IE is all about, what future it holds, will you be interested in it, etc.
- When you have no clue on what the IE field offers, there is nothing you can do to improve your chances of admission.
- Of course when you send emails to professors, you cannot say that you have no clue about IE and at the same time as for admission and financial aid, that’s simply ironic.
- You are an engineer, so act like one. Start doing the ground work. It will be expensive for you when you realize that IE is not your field of interest when you’re already accepted in the program.
Increase Admission Chance
- Select the program or course you are interested in.
- Create an SOP that aligns with your interests and programs that offer majors in the same area.
- Complete projects / papers in the area of choice.
- Send copies of your projects with the application packet.
- Contact professors working in your area of interest.
- Read the research work completed by those professors before sending them emails.
- Associate your work to their work and how you will be able to contribute to their research.
What would you do if some of your friends say some courses offer very good future, would you blindly apply for admission and be willing to risk your future for those?