Thursday, December 18, 2014

College Application Checklist

By Sangeetha Shanmugham

Many people find that filling out college applications can be a time-consuming and stressful task. There are lots of components to a college application: recommendation letters, a statement of purpose or personal essays, standardized test scores, scholarship applications… the list goes on. Most colleges and universities expect all materials to be sent in by Feb. 1, which means that most of you have about five weeks from right now to perfect your applications before you send them in. You want to make sure you haven’t forgotten any part of your application. So to make your life a little bit easier, we've come up with a handy checklist for you – use it as a guide, and good luck!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The SAT Subject Tests: Everything You Need to Know
By Yuanyuan “Rebecca” Fang
Research Assistant, World Education Services

SAT Subject Tests are content-based tests that allow you to prove your academic achievement in specific areas where you excel. Compared with the SAT, SAT Subject Tests are more comprehensive exams that help you stand out during the admissions process. Despite specific requirements for the SAT Subject Tests at some colleges and universities, the SAT Subject Tests that you take should be based on your own interests and academic strengths.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Campus Spotlight: Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University is a public, comprehensive university located 20 miles northwest of Atlanta, the capital city of Georgia. Founded in 1963, it is the third largest institution in the University System of Georgia. Kennesaw State's beautiful campus is home to more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 128 countries around the world. KSU offers 97 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Coles College of Business's MBA program is ranked fourth in the South by BusinessWeek, and the Bagwell College of Education has successfully prepared more teachers than any other university in Georgia.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

How Studying Abroad Can Change the World: Essay Contest Winners, Part 2

In October, WES Student Advisor asked readers for submissions for our 2014 Essay Contest. The prompt was inspired by a Nelson Mandela quote -- "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" -- and it asked readers to describe how studying abroad can help change the world.

Earlier this month, we shared with you one of the winning entries, an essay by Deepti Gupta. Now, in the second part of a five-part series, we will showcase another one of the winners: a piece by Oreoluwa Philip, whose essay examines the academic, cultural and linguistic benefits of studying abroad.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Student Q&A: Hao Zheng, of China, Studies Education at NYU

Hao Zheng is an international student from China. She worked for two years at an international education company in Shanghai before coming to the United States. She is currently pursuing a master's in international education at New York University. WES Student Advisor asked Hao to share her stories about studying education in New York City for the first in a series of Q&As with Chinese students about living and learning in the U.S.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Campus Spotlight: Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health

At Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), students learn to classify, examine, and mediate today's most demanding public health issues. The school is located in Atlanta, which is also home to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Cancer Society, the Arthritis Foundation, the international humanitarian organization CARE, and numerous other state and regional health agencies. The Rollins School is part of Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center, providing access to patient care, teaching, and health-related research programs. This setting is ideal for hands-on research, partnerships with the world's leading public health agencies, and interdisciplinary work with national and international organizations.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Should I Stay or Should I Go (Back)?

By Yixin Zhao 
Student: Columbia University

Millions of international students come to the United States to study every year. But after completing their academic journeys, they all face one question: Should they stay in the U.S. or go back to their home countries? It’s a question so big that it can change one’s entire life trajectory.
I will graduate next year, and I have yet to decide. To be honest, when it came to writing about this, I struggled to sort out my feelings. So I hereby invite you to listen to my stories and consider that what I offer is only a fraction of the whole puzzle.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

10 Reasons Why You Should Study In America

By Shaopeng He
Student: New York University 

1. America is home to the largest number of top-ranked universities. According to Times Higher Education's 2014 World Reputation Rankings, 46 American universities rank among the world’s 100 best schools. Students who want to pursue higher education may have higher quality choices if they target American universities.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Essay Contest Winners: How Studying Abroad Can Change the World

In October, WES Student Advisor asked you for submissions for our 2014 Essay Contest. The prompt was inspired by a Nelson Mandela quote -- "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" -- and it asked readers to describe how studying abroad can help change the world.

We received some very powerful submissions. Many of the essays focused on the power of education to fight poverty, ignorance and oppression. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Today we want to share with you one of the winning entries.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Time to Live Your Dream

By Marcia Grey
Student: Brooklyn College, City University of New York

On a typical day on a tropical island, the sun blazed from a blue sky and caused blinding sparkles across the sea. I stood on the edge of the pier watching the cargo boat slowly pulling into the harbor. In two hours, I would be verifying the cargo listed on the manifest in my hand. The work I had been doing for many years was no longer a source of pride. I have always wanted to study sociology and play a role in social development in my country. It was on that hot day that I decided to pursue a degree in sociology in New York City.

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