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1 Patent pending 2011. The Truth re: College Apps Truth #1: Your GPA is merely – and only -- your ante into the poker game called Admissions. Truth #2: Your best approach to college applications should involve Differentiation, Customization, and Personalization. Copyright © 2012 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. Patent pending. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

2 Patent pending 2011. This Ppt was created by: Ned Boudreau, founder & president of Synergy Educational Services LLC, a college advisory firm. Synergy is a legal entity incorporated and registered in the state of Delaware, USA. (Delaware State File Number: 50117-41) Its mission is to provide Chinese students with informed, appropriate advice regarding their choice of colleges in the U.S. or the United Kingdom, as well as with native-level editorial services. Synergy guides students through the entire college application process, and ensures that essays and personal statements are polished to a professional level. Synergy also provides language training through its subsidiary, U.S. Ex-pat English. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

3 Patent pending 2011. Ante From Latin: before A small portion of a bet contributed by each player before the game even begins. Each round of bets requires the ante into the game. Thats all your GPA is: A small portion of a bet, but crucial: it gets you into the game; allows you to compete against other applicants Copyright © 2012 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

4 Patent pending 2011. Your GPA... Dont mean nothin Zip Zilch Nada Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

5 Patent pending 2011. Unless... You have outstanding Extracurricular activities (not just the required IBO CAS activities) SATs TOEFL scores Essays or personal statements Recommendations Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

6 Patent pending 2011. Differentiation is Crucial GPA and SAT do not differentiate you All students applying to any given school will have approximately the same scores What can differentiate you? Extracurricular activities Personal statement or essay Letters of recommendation Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

7 Patent pending 2011. Shanghai American School, September 2008 Presentations by admissions reps from: Brown University University of Pennsylvania The reps said: We look at the entire package. PENN rep We look at each candidate holistically. Brown rep Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

8 Patent pending 2011. Holistic = entire package Holistic: of or relating to the medical consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically, in the treatment of a disease Pronunciation: /hō- ˈ lis-tik/ Function: adj 1 : of or relating to holism 2 : relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/holistichttp://dictionary.reference.com/browse/holistic Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

9 Patent pending 2011. The entire, holistic package means: GPA plus: Extracurricular activities (not IBO CAS) SATs TOEFL scores Personal essays or statements Recommendations Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

10 Patent pending 2011. For example Former students at Shanghai High School International Division (SHSID) Authors nieces and nephew Harvard + Cornell (early decision) + MIT Niece #1: cellist + champion equestrian Niece #2: national champion, crew 4-oar boat + violinist Nephew: champion volleyball team + debate team + certified scuba diver Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

11 Patent pending 2011. SHSID: A thought experiment Imagine you are a senior admissions rep at a decent school. Two applications land on your desk. Both early decision One is from a young lady at Shanghai High School International Division. So, too, is the other. Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

12 Patent pending 2011. Thought experiment (contd) Student #1: Highest GPA in International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Outstanding SATs + SAT IIs Fine PS Letters of rec: 1 all about GPA; 1 about excellent English No extracurriculars listed Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

13 Patent pending 2011. Thought experiment (contd) Student #2: GPA in Top 3 of IBDP Outstanding SATs and SAT 11s Fine PS At least one outstanding letter of rec That letter of rec (which the author of this document wrote) emphasized equally both academics and a wide variety of extracurriculars Go to synergyedu-usa.com to read rec letter Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

14 Patent pending 2011. Thought experiment (contd) Which candidate would you choose? Remember: You are judging the whole package--holistically. Which candidate resents the more complete package? Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

15 Patent pending 2011. Thought experiment (contd) This is based on two of the authors former students. Student #1 applied early decision to Cornell Student #2 applied early decision to PENN Student #1 was turned down Student #2 was accepted Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

16 Patent pending 2011. What went wrong? Student #1, Apple Lin (name changed), came into the office. She was in tears. I asked her why she was crying. Mr. Ned, I didnt get into Cornell. I was stunned; asked her to show me her copies of her application documents. Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

17 Patent pending 2011. What went wrong? Her letters of rec were misguided: One emphasized GPA, fine student The other emphasized her excellent English Both letters of recommendation were misguided: Approximately 90% of all applicants to U.S. schools are native speakers of English Thus, English does not truly differentiate a student All students who apply to a specific college will have similar (competitive) GPAs and SATs GPA and SATs will not differentiate a student applying to a specific school from all the other students applying to that school who have similar qualifications. She did not list any of her many extracurriculars The emphasis solely on GPA, SATs, English was just silly Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

18 Patent pending 2011. What went right? Student #2, Orange Zhang (name changed), admitted early decision to PENN After rejections from other Ivies, Apple Lin was admitted to her backup choice, University of Michigan Shes very happy there (tho she admitted she was freezing) Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

19 Patent pending 2011. So! If you do not have impressive extracurriculars, dont even think of applying to top U.S. schools. If you dont have lots of extracurriculars, start now: Join clubs, activities outside school Start your own (very impressive) Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

20 Patent pending 2011. Start your own extracurriculars On-campus or off-campus clubs, activities Follow your own interests Chess? Drama? Shakespeare? Start a club at school, or a community theatre Business? establish one; a real one! Charity? do fundraising Environment? start a neighborhood initiative: edu, recycle, etc. Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

21 Patent pending 2011. SATs? Highly recommended; top American schools will look for them Top schools = top 100 on Princeton Review or U.S. News & World Report lists Elite schools certainly expect SATs Note: Even if they say they dont require them Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

22 Patent pending 2011. Special note 1 re: PS and Recs The personal statement and letters of rec will make or break an application Importance of the PS and recs cannot be emphasized enough Generally, Chinese students do not do a good job on the PS: Me, me, me! I, I, I! GPA! + imitation Instead, you should demonstrate how you will add value to the campus community Teamwork + organizational skills + leadership You must differentiate yourself Read PSs that worked at various schools Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

23 Patent pending 2011. Special note 2 re: Customization Ask your teachers to customize your letters of recommendation as much as possible Include the entire school address, beginning with Office of Admissions or Admissions Department or Admissions Office Get this right; different schools will use different terms Go to the schools websites for complete details Use Dear Madame or Sir Not To Whom It May Concern (impersonal) Or address the Dean or Director of Admissions by title or name This shows you are doing research, are interested Again, go to the schools websites to find addresses, names and titles Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

24 Patent pending 2011. Special note 2 re: Personalization Letters of rec: Ask your teachers to include the word you at least once Writers of recs should tell how the applicant will add value to the campus community For ex., You may rest assured that (name) will bring her fire and energy to campus. or You may rest assured that (name) will add value to your campus through his/her commitment to excellence and the environment. Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

25 Patent pending 2011. Recommendation letters In 2009, the school where the author taught brought in an American consultant to speak about recommendation letters. She had been Director of Admissions at top U.S. schools She used the authors recommendation letters as handouts. He writes the best, most powerful rec letters in the known universe. Go to synergyedu-usa.com to read samples. Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

26 Patent pending 2011. Above all (this is Truth #3) Do not imitate or model your PS or essays on someone elses. Speak/write with your own voice in your own words; tell your own story. Admissions reps will know the difference; theyve heard and seen all the major models on the various websites and chat sites where Chinese students swap info and tips. And dont let your teachers copy a standard or form letter of recommendation. Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

27 Patent pending 2011. Case history: The author heard the following on a flight back from New York: An American official at the embassy in Beijing had spent a great deal of time listening to visa requests from students who wanted to go to college or grad school in the U.S. Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

28 Patent pending 2011. Case History (contd): He had heard all the usual formulaic nonsense about Contributing to international understanding and cross-cultural exchange. He also knew most of the stories that were copied from Web chat sites where students swapped successful visa requests.

29 Patent pending 2011. Case Study (contd): He grew quite bored and weary, and did not give visas to students who copied their reasons from the Web. One Friday, a young Chinese student came in who wanted go to MIT or Caltech or some other top school. Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

30 Patent pending 2011. Case History (contd): The visa officer asked the student why he wanted to go to school in the U.S. The students reply went something like this: My mother was in a car accident when she was very young. Since then, she has never walked comfortably. I want to invent a device that will enable her to walk without pain. Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

31 Patent pending 2011. Case Study (contd): The visa officer was very impressed with the students reply, and stamped the visa. But: The next Monday, all the students who came to request a visa told him the same or a similar story. Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.

32 Patent pending 2011. Case Study (contd): Do not do this type of thing. Copying or imitating someone elses voice can and will only hurt you. Visa officers surf many of the major chat sites, thus they are familiar with the major trends in students thoughts. And they know the reasons for successful visa applications. Copyright © 2011 by Synergy Educational Services LLC. All rights reserved. Go to synergyedu-usa.com.


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