Written by Ambika Mishra | October 26, 2020
The majority of applications from India are known for having very high grades, as well as high test scores. But as of today, the stakes are much higher. Even if you have scored very high, you need to remember that over the past few years, there has been an exponential rise in the number of students who wish to study abroad. Also, there has been a 600% increase in students who have scored above 95% at the undergraduate level. In the wake of this scenario, the only thing that can make you stand out from the crowd is an excellent profile.
Profile building is an art, and it is not easy. You have to differentiate your application so that it becomes desirable to the good colleges out there, so that they will give you admission. A lot of students and their parents falsely believe that profile building starts after the school phase. Nothing can be further from the truth. Preparation for studying abroad should ideally start right from the school phase.
Here are some of the ways you can build your profile for studying abroad;
A school student will have a lot of career options in mind and his decision making might not be the best. In this regard, psychometric testing can be of a lot of help. It can help you determine what career path is best in line with your skills and interests. Counselors who do psychometric testing will take into consideration the talent, aptitude and interests of the student so that they can suggest the best career path.
This is the digital age and you can use your tab or laptop to find out courses/projects online that will enhance your learning and understanding of the various subjects. One such online learning platform is Acadru, which is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning platform for senior school and college students starting from grade 9. Students can create impressive high school profiles for college admissions in India and abroad.
The best universities abroad will also consider sports activities when they are deliberating admission. If you are good in any sport, you should make it a point that you shine in that endeavor. It has happened many times in the past that average students with phenomenal sports records have been selected in favor of other students who have better grades.
A good university abroad will want to know how interested you are in helping out the community. They acknowledge the fact your interests are in line with the betterment of society at large. For this, you should join an NGO and put in some solid hours of community service. This will also help you to be in line with the needs and wants of others who are not as privileged as you.
You have to shore up the extracurricular section of your profile and the best way to do this is to attend summer school to pick up a new skill like film studies, music, theater, dance, and so on. Abroad, colleges and universities offer summer school for students can utilize their spare time.
Workshops feature experienced teachers who will be providing you with certified courses that last for around two weeks. You can stay updated in you field of interest when you attend a workshop. Besides, it will positively impact your profile.
Profile building can be enhanced if you take up an internship at a firm or business that caters to your area of interest and specialization. Foreign universities will be interested if you profile shows that you have worked previously and it augers well for your profile.
The above facets will turn you into a well -rounded individual with a healthy interest in everything around you and a very interesting profile. Colleges and universities abroad will definitely want to admit you provided you follow the above points.
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