In 2018, I graduated from a public high school just outside of Philadelphia. That fall, I joined the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering as a materials science and engineering major. However, during my sophomore year, I switched to the College of Arts and Sciences to study physics. While here, I also play for the rugby team and work at the Center for Nanotechnology.
I first started thinking seriously about college when I was entering 10th grade because my high school was only 10th through 12th grade. I knew that to get into a good school I would need a great SAT or ACT score and to keep my grades up. What I didn't know though it is what exactly I wanted to do or which university I wanted to go to. I thought about it mainly in terms of which location would make me the happiest because I heard most schools in the top 10 were similar in difficulty getting in. I love the busyness of New York City and decided to look at Columbia and NYU.
The first thing to understand about applying to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is that the number of applicants has been on the rise for decades. The year I got accepted, the acceptance rate was around 13%. By the time I graduated, this had decreased to 10%. By 2025, MIT projects that their acceptance rate will be lower than 7%, for both regular and early decision applicants. Why do I bring this up? It is important to understand the sheer number of qualified applications that get sent to MIT every year, and recognise that no matter how good your grades are, getting into MIT is incredibly difficult, and there is no magic formula for success.
In 2014, I graduated from public high school in Chicago before heading to the University of Chicago for my undergraduate studies. I got my Bachelor's degree in Linguistics with Honors, while also taking several math and computer science courses. Since graduating, I have been working as a technology consultant in Chicago. My experience with the US College Admissions process was straightforward and relatively stress-free for two reasons. The first was that my grades in high-school made me a strong candidate for most universities. Secondly, since my parents were poor, the only way for me to afford college was if I received a full scholarship from a private school. This constraint simplified my choices tremendously. Here is how I got into some of the top colleges in the country
Immigrating into an English speaking country has always been a tricky challenge, especially for people for whom English is not their native language. However, for many people, successfully immigrating would allow them to create a new life. For educated, young people who are fluent in English or French, Canada remains one of the easiest countries to immigrate into through a program is known as Express Entry.
Immigrating into an English speaking country has always been a tricky challenge, especially for people for whom English is not their native language. However, successfully immigrating allows people to create a new life. For educated, young people who are fluent in English, New Zealand has a Skilled Migrant Visa program which encourages immigration of people with appropriate skills.