If you’re reading this, maybe you will be applying to college this year or want to know more about the applications to study in the USA. If you are an international student and planning to join college next year, you should start working on your application now just so you have time to have an application that stands out of the lot. Since I have been through the process and have learned a lot from it, I would like to share my experience with you all.
Be True to Yourself
The college application is where you will portray yourself as a person through some documents and some essays. Thus, whatever you put into your application has to reflect who you are. Take some time to learn more about yourself. Note down some things that you like about you and some that you don’t. Maybe here a brainstorming book will help. Try to figure out what makes you who you are and take time to enjoy this journey as you discover yourself. Moreover, you should be prepared to accept the decisions: maybe you’ll have to face rejections and waiting lists but you should never give up. I encountered many rejections and waitlists during my college search, but in the end things work out for the best.
Take the required tests
The application to American colleges requires some tests. If you have been through the websites of some universities, you must have read about the SAT Reasoning Test, the SAT Subject Tests, the ACT or the TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language). There are many schools which require the TOEFL exams for non-native English speakers. If you have not yet taken the tests, read more about them and register for them as soon as possible. And there’s no need to stress out: it is only a test and you’re already taking the daring decision to study in the USA as an international student.
Conduct a thorough college search
You would not want to end up in a college here you feel you are not connected. This is why it is important to carry out a proper college search and get to know the college community better. Feel free to send emails to admission officers (I sent quite a few emails), to students at the college (don’t hesitate to email me to learn more about Lycoming), subscribe to the college’s newsletters and learn more about research opportunities. If you’re interested in a specific field, email the professor and our faculty at Lycoming will be glad to connect with you!
Start the paperwork
Application to the American colleges requires a lot of paperwork. You will need to have letters of recommendation from your teachers and school counselor and have your transcripts ready. If the education system in your country is different from that in the United States, you will maybe have to explain the differences. For instance, in Mauritius, we do not have the GPA. If you’re accepted, you will also need to have your documents for Visa procedures ready.
Application to colleges in America is not complicated. You only need to do everything at the correct time. Feel free to email me or our admission office to learn more about Lycoming College. You could also read about what it's like to be an international student here, or here!