Tuesday, May 21, 2013

[STUDENT AMBASSADOR] Megha Mirchandani - George Washington University Part 1



1. How did you come to study in the U.S. and what have been some advantages of studying in the U.S.?
U.S. degrees allow you to make diverse choices and build a specialized niche in a specific field. In India our degrees are put into watertight compartments-Arts, Commerce or Science. For example, in the U.S. one can pursue a degree in engineering and also explore creativity by specializing in graphic design. This program would then prepare you for careers in both mechanical and architectural design. 

On the personal front, in India, I have experienced a general perception that ONLY doctors pursue a degree in public health. However, in the U.S., I have the opportunity to pursue a degree in public health with a marketing and communication focus. One can explore several such degrees in the U.S. that would help you pursue your passion and interest in building a stimulating career.


2. What was your application experience like and how soon should students start preparing for their application?

I looked at universities based on geography because I wanted to experience living in the heart of the city. The biggest advantage of studying at GWU is access. I can walk to all the national monuments, DuPont circle, and etc. I would advise students to not ONLY go by rankings or other people’s experiences. Instead, look at the title of the course and research course modules to see if you are interested in building your knowledge base in that domain. Also, reach out to the admissions officer and ask questions. Read the bios of professors teaching the course and read what area of research they are pursuing. This will give you a perspective on what to expect from the course. Try to make your choice with a 360 degree view, as you are investing your finances and time. You do want to make the best of your time spent here!


3. Did you face any challenges in applying to universities in the U.S.? If so, how did you overcome these difficulties?

Despite having a Master’s degree from the UK, my 3-year degree was not considered an equivalent of the U.S. 4-year undergraduate degree. So, I had to get my degree evaluated from WES to match my credits to the U.S. system. This was a process, as I had earlier used a different evaluation agency which was not familiar with the Indian system, and spent an additional 4 weeks in getting my transcripts reevaluated by WES who were familiar with the Indian system. Additionally, I happened to miss my scholarship deadline-assuming that there was a scholarship deadline for each semester. The university had designated February as the scholarship deadline for the entire year, irrespective of which semester a student was applying to start school. So my advice to prospective students is to start preparing your application package early!

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Hello everyone, my name is Megha Mirchandani and am a current international student from India. I am currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health degree with a focus in Marketing & Communication at George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C.



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