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Graduate School Admissions Success Story – Dayla G.

STUDENT PROFILE – Dalya G.

  • Senior attending the University of Carolina (originally from Thailand) and wanted to apply to international education programs in the U.S.
  • Targeting a Master’s in international education, K-12 leadership, and/or ed. policy.
  • Needed help narrowing her focus in terms of concentration, and also program type
  • Needed backup schools to consider

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APPLICATION STRATEGY

  • Was targeting top tier programs including: Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Stanford with backup programs including U Washington, Vanderbilt and American (factoring in academic/geographic preferences)

WHAT WE DID

  • Helped her research international education and comparative education programs to better pinpoint a specific discipline
  • To boost evidence of her passion for international education, we helped Dalya rework the free time in her schedule to add in two Distance Learning courses through the Harvard Extension School in connection with the Harvard School of Ed and UC Irvine.
  • GRE score and GPA: performed research on each school she was targeting, once we finalized reach, in-range, and backup schools on her list, and offered information on school averages, acceptance rates, etc.
  • We helped Dalya prepare our Graduate Admissions Self Profile for her recommenders.
  • Guided Dalya in getting a research foundation in place.
  • Helped Dalya explore professional organizations, affiliations, conferences and resources in her targeted field
  • Created her Master Tracking file to track applications and essay topics
  • Assisted with brainstorming/editing of essays and applications for 5 graduate programs (2-4 essays per school and an average of 7 rounds of edits for each essay) over 4 months.
  • Mock interview prep for 3 programs via phone/Skype.

RESULTS

Dalya was accepted to her first choice program at Harvard in the early spring and also accepted to Columbia and UPenn. She rescinded her other applications and enthusiastically sent in her letter of acceptance at Harvard!

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