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1U.S. University Application Process Yang ZhuAlbert Campbell Collegiate Institute Yale University
2Topics Self-introduction General Timeline The SATs! Academics and CompetitionExtracurricular activitiesVolunteer experienceSummer ActivitiesRecommendationsEssayInterview
3Self-introduction Shanghai, China (14 years) Toronto, Canada (4 years) United StatesProspective major:Math and Economics at Yale University
4General Timeline Grade 9-10 Participate in as many activities as you canMake friends, have funSelf-discovery—find out who you are and what you wantAcademics—take courses that are challenging and interesting
5General Timeline (cont’d) Grade 11Discover what your major interests areTake the SATs—SAT I and SAT IIsDecide on which universities to apply to: Research, research, research!Time management—balance your lifeMaintain your grade!
6General Timeline (cont’d) Grade 12Finalize your school listApplication essaysApplication formsRecommendation lettersInterviews
7SAT SAT Reasoning Test SAT Subject Tests (2-3) Critical Reading, Math, WritingResources—where can we get the books we needSAT Subject Tests (2-3)Math and sciencesForeign languagesSocial sciencesWhich ones should we choose?
8SAT College Board Research the requirements for SAT I and SAT IIS Self-study the knowledge that is not covered in schoolChoose an SAT II test that is a) something you are good at or b)something you will study in university; ideally, these two should overlap
9Academics and Competitions A challenging course loadAP coursesEssay ContestsDECA competitionScience ContestsMath Contests
10A challenging course load Don’t take a course because it’s easy; take it for its content and future valueDon’t limit yourself too early; explore all the areas you canTry to take higher level courses if you think you can handle the academic challenge
11AP courses Advanced Placement courses 37 courses and exams available Sharpen your problem-solving techniques.Develop the right study habits for universityYou can self-study AP courses and register through to write the official exam
12Essay Contests The Royal Commonwealth Society, annual essay contest Dominion Institute-- Great Canadian Questions Essay ContestAnd A lot more!Try “Canada high school essay contest” on Google if you are interested in more essay contests
13DECA competitionBased on different areas in business, but anyone can participateOral/written examsParticipated by thousands of high school students in Canada
14Science Contests Sir Issac Newton Physics Contest Canadian Chemistry ContestNational Biology Competition
15Math Contests AMC, AIME, USAMO COMC, CMO Euclid, Fermat, Cayley COMC, CMOEuclid, Fermat, CayleyKangaroo Math Contest and Tournament of Towns by University of Toronto
16Extracurricular activities Do what you like and like what you doDo what you are good at, but also participate in activities that will help you improve your weaknessesDon’t be afraid to try new thingsIt’s not about what you do; it’s about how you do it and what you can learn from itTime management
17Extracurricular activities Student governmentYearbook CommitteeAcademic groups (math/science clubs, etc.)Peer TutoringDrama/performance groups
18Volunteer experienceMany organizations are always looking for volunteersCharities, girl guides/boy scouts, hospitals, school librariesTry to find something that you are interested in/passionate about, and see if there is anything you can do as a high school studentIt doesn’t matter where you volunteer or who you work for, it’s why you do it, and how you do it that matter
19Summer Activities Summer camps Internship/job Volunteer abroad Study for the SATs!Registration/application for summer activities usually end before May, so start looking as early as you can!
20Rural China Education Foundation RCEF takes an integrative approach to rural education.Focuses on developing teaching methods that make rural education more relevant to rural students' lives, more well-rounded, and more enjoyable.You can volunteer as a long-term volunteer for our projects (fundraisers, translations,etc) or you can apply to participate in our summer volunteer program
21Recommendations Get someone who knows you, and LIKES you! It doesn’t matter how famous the person isLength is not as important as contentRequirements can vary, make sure you prepare the right ones for each school
22EssayOne of the few steps in the application process that you can carefully work onPresent yourself as who you areShow the universities what is important to you, what changed you, and what made you the person you are todayEdit very carefully. Ask someone who knows you (your teacher, counselor, friend, etc.) to evaluate it for you.
23Essay (cont’d)Essays that are too long tend to cause readers to lose interest.Use proper English; no msn language, etc.Start brain storming as early as possible (Gr.11). Ask yourself—who am I and what do I want?Why do you want to go to this school? How does it meet your special talents and interests?You know yourself the best; therefore, believe in your own writing!
24Interview It’s not mandatory It is randomly assigned Good interview skills are not only useful for applying to universities in the U.S., they are also crucial for applying to scholarships in Canada
25University interviews Bring a copy of your resumeDress appropriately according to the setting (Starbucks=casual, office=business casual)Read over your application to that school, make sure your answers are consistentThe one question that will always be asked—Why did you choose our university? Make sure you know the answer for that
26My 2 university interviews University of PennsylvaniaStarbucks80 minutes, current professor at University of TorontoFound a common interest to talk aboutWas very nice and gentleYale UniversityOffice50 minutes, currently a lawyerFound common interests and common life experience to talk aboutWas very nice, but asked a few sharp questions
27Scholarship interviews Most scholarships require at least one interview.It’s very hard to prepare for interviews, but not impossible if you know yourself very well.The day before interview, take an hour to think about your experience, interests, ambitions, accomplishments, failures, and why you did the things you didDress appropriately! (business casual for most)Stay calm and composed.The interviewers only want to get to know you more.
28My scholarship interviews Phone interviewTalk slowly, and cover all details since the interviewer can’t see your body languageIndividual interviewLook at your interviewer in the eyes when you talkGroup interview (several students Vs. one interviewer)Don’t interrupt others when they are talkingBe friendly, yet firm and confidentAnswer all your questions clearly and carefully; this might be your only chance
29Scholarship interviews (cont’d) Lunch interviewEat carefully, because you will have to talk through the whole thing!Usually quite low-stress due to the settingPanel interview (one student Vs. many interviewers)Usually used at the final stageMake sure you cover all the questions raised by all interviewersDon’t get nervous! They just want to know you better.Show them who you are, but don’t argue with your interviewers.Usually the hardest of all types of interviews.
30General tips for interviews Stay calm!Know who you are and why you want the scholarship (or a certain university)Don’t seem unsure about your answersArrive on time and dress appropriatelyTake time to think if you get a tough question, make every answer count!
31A Few Things to Keep in Mind… Be true to yourself. Be true to others. Consistency is very important no matter what you are applying for.Manage your time wisely.Use university as a stepping stone to success, not as the definition of it.Relax, no one is perfect.No matter how busy you are, don’t ignore your friends. They will pick you up when you fall.Never limit your options; Always believe in yourself.
32Resources www.collegeboard.com www.collegeconfidential.com The official websites of various universities