Many students (or their parents) have set their hearts on admission to the top 20 undergraduate or graduate programs in the United States. They may think that, without a degree from MIT or Stanford, they’ll have little chance at a successful career at a North American company after graduation.
Our post Think Canada for College! discusses why moving to Canada can be financially smarter and more practical for students and young professionals than moving to the United States. Some reasons include the lower cost of Canadian universities and new paths to permanent residency that Canada now offers students and educated young professionals from Hong Kong.
You may have heard of my alma mater: Leland Stanford Junior University, better known as Stanford. Famed for its computer science and engineering programs, it has a robust humanities programme as well, of which I was privileged to be a part. It’s truly got opportunities for everything.
2020 is a year for the history books. We went from spending whole nights dancing with strangers at clubs, to being afraid to even be in the same room as someone outside our nuclear families. Already, COVID has made history – and it’s well poised to continue to do so throughout 2021, as we struggle through the logistics of distributing – to almost eight billion people – a vaccine that may not even offer lasting protection from the disease.
If you’re in high school and looking to apply to college, there are countless things to consider. But a key one that worries a lot of students is the notion of “leadership”. Maybe your parents – or even your high school admissions consultants – have told you that, “Colleges want to see leaders. It’s not enough to be in a club. They want you to be president!”
If I could travel back in time to visit my young high school self (who would be studying, studying, studying, often all night long, to do well in her AP classes), I would tell her that college preparation requires more than studying. As important as understanding derivatives in calculus or the logic behind the periodic table of elements is, there is more to preparing for an American college than studying. In fact, at most top American schools, there are more applicants with very high SAT scores (say, above 1450) than there are spaces available for them.