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How to Find Your Fit

It is the perfect time of the year for you to enjoy the sunshine, sit on your porch, and explore the universities where you will potentially spend the next four years of your life! You might lean towards exploring colleges that your parents know of, that your friends went to, and that college directories and websites deem the best. However, the most important thing is that you choose the college that is RIGHT for YOU. The first step is to reflect on who you are, what your goals are and what is important for you in a university.
First: Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Assess your goals and passions. Think about your learning style and social skills. Then make a list of the 10 most important things that you are looking for in your ideal university.
Second: Make a list of the people you would consult or need assistance fromas you go through the college search process. Use different college searches like The IKC to find names of universities that you can explore in depth.
Third: Make some basic decisions. Think about where you want to live. Do you want to attend a single-sex school, a technical school, public or private college, a large or a small university? Is the cultural diversity important to you?
Fourth: It is time to REALLY exploring universities! Consider their mission, vision and values and assess whether they fit with yours. Does the university have the courses that you would like to take? Research your program of interest in detail! If you have the time, you can also contact the faculty from the program of your interest and ask them questions about the program. Check to see if the university offers an honors program and/or undergraduate research and internship opportunities. Can you pursue the extra-curricular activities that you have a passion for? Last but not least, explore all the scholarship opportunities that the university has for international students.
When I went to my undergraduate studies, an admissions officer informed me on the importance of going to a university that best fits me. I went to the university that best fit me and had an experience of a lifetime. It was only after I graduated that I realized how valuable the advice of finding the right fit was; this is because I felt like I was in an environment that gave me a sense of belonging. Consequently, I was happy at the university and therefore performed well inside and outside the classroom. I had relentless energy and motivation to take ownership of my experience and make the best out of every academic and professional opportunity that came my way. I was lucky enough to meet the admission officer at the right time, and I am passing her advice on to you! If you want any help in brainstorming and identifying the universities that you want to apply to, then please contact The IKC!

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