I just graduated top of my class from Columbia University. My parents and I never imagined that their little, shy kid will get into one of the most competitive law programs globally.
I still remember the day when I got into the master’s program. Everything seemed hazy. I was thinking how will I manage everything. But more than anything I was wondering – where will I get the information I need? Eventually, I figured things out. On my recent visit to India, I was called by my undergraduate college to give a lecture on career progress. That was when I got to know – a lot of students are intimidated by confusing information available online about foreign university programs. I hear you – I have been in that situation.
I have tried a ton of portals and forums but the work done by the team at WeMakeScholars is very comprehensive. You can visit Quora or Reddit to find specific information, but many a time the information on these platforms is heavily biased.
WeMakeScholars is a startup supported by the government of India. Their core business is to help international education seeking students to get better interest rates on their student loans. But they have compiled a very good list of international programs, relevant scholarships and student guides to help aspirants. I visited the website quite a few times to look for scholarship programs and their deadlines.
Both these websites carry enough content that can be published into very thick books! I met a ton of very bright people doing their MBA at Columbia since we did share a few classes here and there. All of them had heard about MBA Crystal Ball. MiM-Essay is similar to MBA Crystal Ball, except it focuses more on the masters in management programs instead of just the MBA programs.
Both the websites have a ton of data on schools, admission processes, to-do tips and advice from students who got into the most coveted programs globally.
If you are applying to a university in North America, Europe or Australia, there is a high chance that the university is used to having a ton of international students on campus. Thus, they must have curated a ton of resources on their website, keeping the general issues faced by international students.
On Columbia’s website, I found links to resources that helped me with my scholarship, visa application process and even alumni of the program who helped me understand how to tailor my application. If you look at the right places, you will find almost all the information you will need for your application.
Companies providing insurance policies and loans have specific teams that take care of the unique needs of international students. In the process of helping out students with their financing needs, these companies get to know about a lot of other pain points of the same students. Hence, apart from guides that help you get better student insurance or student debt, you will also find a lot of information that can help you with your financing, do’s and don’ts of going to a global university, living on a student budget and even tips and tricks to get good deals.
For instance, I got to know a lot about international card and airport assistance services from my insurance provider’s website.
These sources helped me save a ton of time and resources. I strongly recommend them to every student who has aspirations of studying abroad. Use them and you will have an easier time with your application, acceptance, travel and even living in your target university.