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Tips to Writing a Good US College Admissions Essay
I remember my dad telling me that I had to finish a rough draft of my college essay by the time school started. Even though most college applications weren’t due until around winter break, he was convinced that if I didn’t finish it five months early, I would never get it done. I told myself it wouldn’t be too difficult, I mean, what’s two pages about myself when I’ve been writing multiple page analytical essays throughout high school, right? How about no. I would consider myself a relatively strong writer, but when it comes to talking about myself, bragging about past experiences in a way that shows both my diversity, sense of self, and potential contribution to a specific institution, getting past my name is difficult. So to aid the process, below are some tips that I found helpful while writing a great college admissions essay.

TIP #1: Write about something that you are passionate about. An emotional involvement will make all the difference.
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My Resume in English
The thing about resumes is that they look different depending on where you come from and what language you speak. Although many countries around the world follow the standard Western structure for resumes (the top hit if you Google ‘resume’), many others differentiate in style and content. Because of discrepancies between the aforementioned ‘standard’ resume and ‘other’ resume, many people that apply for jobs in the United States or any other English speaking country find themselves at a loss and many times fail to get a job simply because they were uninformed as to what the correct format for their resume was supposed to be. For those of you out there who are struggling with adapting to a new style, here’s a quick guide that’ll instruct you regarding what to do:

  1. The first thing you’ll have to do is brainstorm. Resume crafting is no different from essay writing; you’re attempting to sell an idea- only this time the idea is yourself. In order to...

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Advice for Foreign Medical Students Wanting to Study in the US
If you’ve already done any research, chances are that you’ve come across the dismal statistics reflecting the difficulty of getting in to medical schools regardless of where you have received previous education. According to Hope College, in the year 2010, 42,742 students applied to medical school. 1,300 of those students were not US residents or citizens. 44 percent (18,665 of the original 42,742 applicants) of the total number of applicants who applied were accepted into a medical program but only 171 of these nearly 19 thousand students were not domestic students. This means only .4 percent of the students who were admitted and enrolled into medical school were international students.

This information was not supposed to scare you, and in no means discourage you from applying to a medical school within the United States. It...

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What Happens When You Mix English with Urdu (you get Eurdu or UrEnglish)?
So, I think it’s not far off to assume we’ve all heard of the linguistic phenomenon Spanglish. It’s pretty straightforward- the name says it all. If you, by some obscure reason, have not in fact been introduced to this somewhat sub-language and sub-culture, let me explain. Spanglish is basically a mixture between Spanish and English; individuals who speak it will start off a sentence in one language and end it in the other, or use specific words from one of the languages when speaking in the other. There really are no rules. This new sense of cultural binding and freedom in speech has become celebrated and recognized all around the world, but what many people don’t know is that this sort of English + another language hybrid is present in tens, if not hundreds of other nations. Let me enlighten you about one that isn’t particularly well known and a bit tricky: Eurdu or as some others call it, Urenglish.

First things first, ‘what is Urdu?’ you might ask. Well, Ur...

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College Bound Scholarships for English Language Learners
Getting into college is a pressure like no other. I would know; I applied to 10 of them. In addition to the anxiety attacks that literally sprout from sitting and waiting for acceptances and, inevitably, rejections, there’s the stress of actually building an application. Think about it; an application consists of not only your high school transcript, but also an essay, specific essay questions, recommendation letters, financial statements, etc. – which all together translate into a long to do list. The thing is, the checklist doesn’t end there. It’s one thing to worry about filling in applications and waiting for the universities’ responses, but the average person venturing into higher education has one more issue to take care of: scholarships.

Scholarships aka. ‘money-that-we-all-really-need-because-college-is-expensive’ are an entity that most college applicants and students are familiar with. Now, what people that don’t petition for scholarships fail to u...

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Easy English Vocabulary Exercises
I took Spanish for five years, and I can honestly say that I cannot say a thing in Spanish. I can sort of think I can say sentences in my head, and I’d like to think that I can understand the chef at my other job who literally only speaks Spanish to me, but the honest to god truth is that I probably speak like a two year old and understand less than a Latina kindergartener if it weren’t for nonverbal communication. I promise you that the information I learned in Spanish my freshman year of high school was pretty identical to the Spanish grammar that I learned my freshman year of college, but after a while all of the tenses bled together, and I couldn’t for the life of me remember what irregulars went with which tense and why or how to use it in a sentence. Basically, I was hopelessly lost in the realm of grammar, and memorizing vocab words wasn’t helping me with jack squat.

So in light of my dramatic failures when it came to forcing myself to learn Spanish grammar...

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Top 3 Resume Examples for International Students Studying in the US
Because these resumes are going to domestic institutions, it’s important that they follow the United States general format. Although the section heading for each individual might differ based on previous work experience and/or level of activity involvement, a couple of things will never change. The resume should optimally fit on a single page, no picture of yourself should be included. No information that would allow an employer to discriminate against you should be disclosed on you resume, pictures are not necessary when sending your resume to a potential employer, and your name and contact information should always be at the top. Below are three sample resumes. The first two are resumes with common mistakes followed by a description of how these resumes could be improved and also how they could be considered successful. The third resume is a good example of what you should strive for when making your own resume.




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International Student Resume Sample
As an international student going through the interview process, impressing a prospective boss involves communicating effectively to “sell yourself” in a way that showcases you as the perfect fit for the sought after position. When preparing for an interview, you are bound to catch yourself wondering what to say, how to say it, and when to say it. Through all the anxious hours awaiting the final moment of truth just remember to breathe (wooosaaah).

Interviews have to be strategized and planned out on both ends to get the desired outcome- hence the long list of interview questions and your present level of anxiety in answering those questions. When your interviewer asks you “Can you tell me a little about yourself?”, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”, or “What are your professional strengths?”, going off topic, not showcasing your relevant skills, or a modest display of tight-lipped, wide eyed, and a “you can probably tell I’m qualified” look on...

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