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Each year we work with thousands of students. Every student is unique, with a different set of goals and a distinct pathway to higher education. The “Student Spotlight” provides a platform for them to share their perspectives, advice, and lessons learned. We hope it offers you a glimpse into the student experience and aids you in achieving your own goals, whether as a fellow student, a parent, a high school counselor, or a university.
NAME: Purav Parekh
CURRENT UNIVERSITY: PES University
CURRENT CITY: Bangalore
ACADEMIC PROGRAM: BTech in Mechanical Engineering
ASSESSMENTS TAKEN: GRE, TOEFL
TOTAL NUMBER OF UNIVERSITIES APPLIED TO: 10
TOTAL NUMBER ACCEPTED TO: 2 but awaiting responses from 5
HIGEST SCHOLARSHIP RECEIVED: 25% Scholarship from George Washington University.
COUNTRIES APPLIED TO: USA
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS/WAS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE/HURDLE IN PURSUING YOUR INTERNATIONAL STUDY GOALS?
One of the biggest challenges was the drafting of the Statement of Purpose. Even though there are thousands of SOPs on the internet, you just cannot draft a perfect SOP. There is always something that you feel is missing. This is the part I was stressing about the most.
HOW HAS THE TEAM AT GEN NEXT EDUCATION HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?
Gen Next Education is a blessing. They have helped me a lot in the entire process until now. One of my main concerns of drafting the SOP was made easy by their continuous help. All the tips that they gave were quite helpful and I was able to draft a strong SOP without much difficulty.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF IN GOING THROUGH THIS PROCESS?
One of the biggest things that the process takes out of you is Patience. You have to wait for months after applying awaiting a decision. This process really tests your patience. This process has taught me to be patient more than anything else.
WHAT SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT INTERANTIONAL UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS?
The way the students are evaluated is quite welcoming. Students from all walks of life having a little background can pursue a degree in their field of interest. One thing surprised me the most in the concept of admission based on recommendation. If a student isn’t quite eligible for the course he has chosen, he is recommended to another similar course. This opens the doors for many students to pursue career of their choice and not lose out on opportunities.
WHAT ABOUT PURSUING AN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION EXCITES YOU MOST?
The entire thought of pursuing international education excites me. The whole change of culture, environment, competition and a set of new challenges is quite exciting at the same a little scary. But this is what builds up the excitement in us and also prepares us for the new journey that we are going to travel.