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Top 5 Long-Term Effects of Study Abroad

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Studying abroad is often described as a “life changing experience.” Every year thousands of students travel to foreign countries to build on their academic credentials. The short-term advantages of a study abroad experience are obvious from developing diverse skill sets to becoming independent. However, there are a number of long-term implications that continue even post graduation:

1. Self-Confidence. For many students, their journey to a foreign country to study is the first time they are living independently and away from the comfort of family and friends. The experience provides an opportunity for students to discover themselves while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place can be overwhelming at times, and it tests one’s ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve. These experiences can serve as a catalyst for increased maturity. It provides the appropriate framework for students to believe they can tackle any issues and conquer any obstacles thrown at them throughout life.

2. Career Path. After the completion of the study abroad program, students who return home will find themselves very attractive to future employers. The world-class education, diverse experiences, global perspective and a willingness to learn distinguishes them from their peer group. For all students, home bound or not, will find that employers value students who can think critically and also have an international perspective (a blend of the foreign and domestic country). This distinction is there throughout the student’s career path.

Additionally, a U.S. survey stated a 25% higher starting salary for study abroad students vs. college graduates who do not study abroad. Similarly, a British study found their study abroad graduates out-earned their peers by 17%. This equates to approx. $7,000 annually for US students and £3,120 for UK students. Maintaining this earning advantage translates to earning an extra $567,500 over one’s career in the US. When students travel abroad to study, they make a long-term investment in themselves.

3. World View. We live in an increasingly globalized world with a continual integration between international markets and national businesses. To successfully compete in the global marketplace, multinational and small businesses need employees with cross-cultural competence and knowledge of foreign trends and climate.

Students at top foreign colleges are surrounded by some of the finest minds in the world. Not only do they have classmates from over 100 countries across the globe, but also students from a broad range of backgrounds including renowned musicians, prominent actors, Olympic winners and members of the armed forces. The cultural diversity provides for great learning, as each discussion, exercise or activity on campus exposes students to multiple viewpoints and teaches them to respect an alternate point of view.

Furthermore, Professors, regardless of area of study, expose students to innovation, models, case studies and problem statements from across the planet. As the world becomes increasingly flat, students are taught to be aware of the progress and issues facing their industry, strategize on the most effective course of action, and then seamlessly work cross-border with minimal disruptions.

The exposure received at foreign institutes prepares students to embrace each individual’s working style and work productively with them. Furthermore, as firms broaden their horizons these students can be at the forefront.

4. Soft Skills. In addition to the development of hard skills, universities abroad also build on soft skills to enable students to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. For example, within the classroom walls, students are encouraged to actively participate in discussions, work with groups on projects and make presentations. Across campus, students can get actively involved in clubs and societies and take on leadership roles.

As students graduate from college, these soft skills aid them at each stage and age of their life. Some examples include:

* Communication Skills. You will be able to tell your supervisor what you need to do your job well. You will be able to communicate with your team to make sure you are all working together towards completion of your project. If you are in a business, your communication skills can make the difference between a satisfied customer and an angry one!

* Time Management. You will be able to stick to project deadlines, effectively juggle all your tasks, and deliver good quality work prior to deadlines.

5. Network. The relationships students cultivate on campus continue to only strengthen over time. Should a student be confronted with a business dilemma, for example, they can consider tapping into an alum or professor to help resolve the issue. They consistently have access to some of the world’s greatest thinkers that are only an email away.

The strong professional network available in almost every corner of the world can significantly distinguish a student from his or her peer group. The connections made during college years have the potential of being not only their life long friends but also future business partners, co-founders, investors, clients, vendors, mentors, and so much more.

Universities further foster these relationships by setting up alumni clubs and associations in different geographical locations within India and across the glove. For example, the Harvard Club of India works towards increased interaction, knowledge sharing, and networking among the alumni by organizing social events, workshops, lectures and more!

International students will discover that their study abroad experience is a defining time that continues to impact for years after graduation.


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8 Things You Will Only Understand If You Studied Abroad

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College is one of your greatest adventures, and as many of you know and have experienced, it is a journey that changes you forever. You will never be the same and will never see things the same way again. Here are 8 things you will only understand if you studied abroad:

1. I can do anything! For many of you, the journey to a foreign country to study is the first time you are living independently and away from the comfort of family and friends. The experience provides an opportunity for you to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place can be overwhelming at times, and it tests one’s ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve. These experiences can serve as a catalyst for increased maturity. It provides the appropriate framework for you to believe you can tackle any issues and conquer any obstacles thrown at you throughout life.

2. My Professor – My Friend. Chances are that prior to your study abroad experience, your relationship and interactions with your professors were brief and impersonal. However colleges abroad encourage student-faculty interaction and these relationships can play a pivotal role not only during your college years but even beyond. Your professors can become your mentors, investors, future recommenders and much more!

3. There is no such thing as a silly question. Class participation is an important element of the learning process. Colleges abroad encourage students to speak up in class, express their ideas and even challenge statements or findings. Some classes / programs even allocate a grade to class participation. Teachers create a climate in which you are comfortable to ask questions and they take your comments seriously. This experience continues with you even after you leave college and allows you to challenge, question and ask for help whenever required.

4. The world is flat. Global schools become hubs for global talent – be it students or professors. Professors, regardless of area of study, expose you to innovation, models, case studies and problem statements from across the planet. As the world becomes increasingly flat, you are taught to be aware of the progress and issues facing industry and strategize on the most effective course of action. After you leave college, the exposure received allows you to seamlessly work cross-border with minimal disruptions.

5. Exams aren’t everything. Extracurricular activities form a vital part of your college experience. During your time on campus you engage in debate, clubs, competitions, talks and activities which equal in learning, if not more, to what you gain inside the classroom. After graduation, these habits continue where you involve yourself in your community, find time and pursue activities in addition to your home and work commitments.

6. I love my family. Distance truly does make the heart grow fonder. Living thousands of miles away and seeing so much makes you appreciate where you come from and what your family has done. Not only during your time at college, but even beyond, there is a newfound gratefulness for all the love and support your parents, siblings and extended family have provided.

7. I know someone everywhere. At college you meet people from across the globe and have friends all over the world. Who needs search engines – be it a business trip or a holiday – it’s great to be able to tap into your extensive network and ask about the local do’s and don’ts!

8. There will be some reverse culture shock. As surprising as it may sound to those around you, coming back home after studying abroad can take some time and adjustment. You have been transformed intellectually and personally after your time away and have new habits, ideas and beliefs, sometimes without even realizing it! Friends and family may find this difficult to comprehend, and initially you may also find it hard to adjust. However, like you immersed yourself in a foreign country, you will make your experience part of who you are and find your optimal balance to bring the best of both worlds together.

College is about self-discovery, exploring and accepting as many different ideas as possible, and pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. These experiences are hard to define and perhaps only a fellow student may understand the true depth of your endeavors.


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#KnowYourCollege – Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League research university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. Following a liberal arts curriculum, the university provides undergraduate instruction in 40 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs including 57 majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering, and enables students to design specialized majors and minors or engage in dual degree programs.

Find below the Undergraduate Class Profile (2020) to understand your chances:

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Here are top 5 reasons to consider a undergraduate degree from Dartmouth:

1. Flexible study plan – Following aliberal arts curriculum, the university provides undergraduate instruction in 40 academic departments and interdisciplinary programs including 57 majors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering, and enables students to design specialized majors and minors or engage in dual degree

2. Participate in research – Under the mentorship of a Dartmouth professor, students can contribute to the creation of new knowledge through hands-on research

3. Study Abroad and Off Campus – Dartmouth’s distinctive Off-Campus Programs offer more than 40 options for studying other cultures and disciplines in depth.

4. Experiential Learning – At Dartmouth, students have opportunities to gain real-world experience that complements their studies and prepares you for success after college. And with Dartmouth’sflexible academic calendar, students have an edge to participate in internships throughout the year and around the globe.

5. Network of support – As a Dartmouth student, you’ll have many new opportunities to consider and choices to make. Whatever your question—academic, career, or personal—Dartmouth’s advisors are here to help you get the most out of your education.


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Science, Commerce Or Arts: Which Stream Is Best For You?

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What do I want to be when I grow up? A question we always had an answer to as a child but may struggle with as we grow older. There are an infinite number of career options open to us today. In addition to the conventional roles, there are a number of unconventional opportunities also knocking at your door. What is the optimal path for you? Should you start your own business or work in a professional set-up? Is your skill set aligned with your dream career or do you need to work harder?

The first few years of your career lay a very important foundation. So much of our day is spent either at work, or travelling back and forth, or thinking about it. Thus, if you are unhappy with your choices the repercussions can be detrimental. Working at the right job which excites you, challenges you, motivates you will provide you the appropriate framework to grow both personally and professionally.

So how can you take the right steps towards a fulfilling career? Here are our top tips:

1. Perform a Self Evaluation. Before you even start exploring your options, it is necessary to take a step back and identify your strengths and weaknesses. Do an internal evaluation. Ask yourself questions to define your likes and passions. Also, try to identify if a certain opportunity matches with your skill set or not. Ask questions like:
* Am I comfortable with excel or presenting ideas to a large group of people?
* Does my personal situation allow me to travel extensively?
* What kind of role will interest me the most?
* Do I want a role that allows me to be creative? Or do I want to be writing and contemplating algorithms?
* Where do I see myself in 5-10 years? What goals do I wish to achieve?
* Think about what excites you, but also keep in mind things that you are proficient in.

2. Identify Appropriate Skill Sets. Any role and / or company have certain pre-requisites that needs to be met for a position. These requirements evolve based on how you map your career trajectory, for example the skills expected from an analyst will be different to that of a Partner. When choosing your career path, take stock of both your academic and non-academic skills and how they match with your career aspirations.

3. Take a Career Test. Choosing your career stream can be an intimidating experience, given the overwhelming number of choices available. To help you make that decision, career tests are designed such that you answer a series of questions based on your preferences, passions and interest and you receive a tailored profile that suggests areas of study or career that may be of interest of you.

4. Do Your Homework. Even though you believe you have the required skills, aptitude, and interest for a certain career path, dig deeper. Research the careers that you are targeting, as each one has its own pros and cons. Talk to people who are already walking on the path that you are interested in.

5. Get an Internship. An internship could be a great way to test out an industry or type of career—and eventually get a full-time job. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be your dream job or you find out it’s the wrong career for you, an internship can help build your network, and help you realize your preferences and strengths. If you are unable to intern due to education or full-time work commitments – find other ways to expose yourself to your desired area or industry. For example: If you are looking to work with Teach for India, then first volunteer with an NGO or if you are looking to start your own business, then be a consultant to a friend or family member’s business.

6. Shadow People. We all have those seniors, elder brothers or sisters, friends, acquaintances, who are our role models when it comes to choosing a career path. Tap into your networks to find people. Talk to them, ask them about their experiences, they will fill you with several do’s and don’ts which can be a great help to you. Spend time at their place of work. It is always good sense to learn from other people’s experiences and avoid making the same mistakes.
Your career is not a sprint; it is a marathon. Deciding what to do is a time consuming process and plans and ideas are never set in stone. So take your time in mapping your career stream, and be willing to take risks and try new things.


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Homework: A Burden Or A Beneficial Exercise?



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How much is much?

The concept of homework has evolved significantly in recent times. It’s true that children are given more in terms of home assignments but the nature of the tasks has changed considerably to make it more interactive rather than cumbersome. In addition to academic based work involving memorization of formulas and theories, students are assigned projects and activities that promote active and hands-on learning. Children are asked to research, browse websites, scour publications, collate information, collect specimens from their garden, home or kitchen, interview people and so much more!

Benefit or burden?

Home assignments are designed by subject teachers to give students opportunity to interact with the topics in detail. The tasks are not allotted to put additional burden but to make children reflect on what they have learned. Schools today are following a more progressive system of education which focuses on a hands-on approach to learning rather than rote learning. In fact, schools are increasingly discouraging home tuition as children are unnecessarily pressurised. Hence, teachers are introducing innovative and interesting tasks to be done at home that would ensure revisiting of the concepts as well as a direct experience of what they are learning. Students are much more excited about such projects and perform them with great enthusiasm. The pressure is felt when students try to juggle too many activities outside of school hours. It’s important students and parents have an open conversation and identify how much free-time is available on a daily basis to structure a balanced schedule that maximises learning and well being.



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Someone once said creativity is no longer about thinking out of the box, but thinking like there is no box. An entrepreneur is believed to have a different line of thinking, not always a linear cause and effect, but a more lateral approach to make things happen. They can visualise the complete picture from ideation to execution and build on it strategically and innovatively. They are risk takers yet cautious about their every move and are governed by the perennial energy and passion to overcome all roadblocks that come their way. This begs the question – can someone learn to be an entrepreneur or are you born with these traits? We believe the right exposure and grounding plays a crucial role. Let’s take a closer look at the opportunities available in India to hone the entrepreneurial spirit in the younger generation.

*Schools: a child’s imagination is boundless, that’s why children are way more creative than adults. We spend twelve to fourteen years of our life in school and these formative years are when children are most productive. They are driven by passion, endless energy and unique ideas; the entrepreneurial trait can best be tapped during this time. In India, the system of education has been revised to accommodate various life skills including a sense of social responsibility within the curriculum. For example, CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) emphasises on a holistic approach to learning where schools should provide platforms or opportunities to students to activate unique ideas and execute them in a real situation with an aim to create a positive impact on society. There has been a consorted effort by both private and government schools to encourage students to take greater initiative as active learners, team players and develop leadership acumen.

CBSE also has introduced Entrepreneurship studies as part of grades 11 and 12 curricula. The syllabus focuses on theoretical studies as well as practical experience. The theoretical section includes key concepts like entrepreneurial values and attitude, relationship between entrepreneurial pursuits and society, barriers to entrepreneurship, understanding market dynamics etc. The curriculum ensures live interaction between students and industry experts who are entrepreneurs. Students visit various organisations to learn and understand the pulse of every enterprise and later submit a report on their observation. These initiatives to inculcate interest in entrepreneurship hold promise for the younger generation who want to be self-starters.

*Colleges: at the undergraduate level, students consolidate their aspiration and become more focus driven. Many colleges now have entrepreneurship cells conjointly established by students and staff. Such initiatives provide a great platform for those who want to improvise on their learning to invent new ways or tools that would help students, communities or people at large. These cells organise events and workshops in collaboration with external firms to provide hands on entrepreneurial experiences, and also to enlighten participants about the role of entrepreneurs. For example, St. Xaviers College has its Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) that encourages students from all streams to gain mentorship and support for their entrepreneurial venture. Educational organisations have also introduced specialised degrees in entrepreneurship to foster the development of the entrepreneurial mindset among students including the Tata Institute of Social Sciences that offers an M.A in social Entrepreneurship and the Mudra Institute of Communication (Ahmedabad) that allows aspecialization in Communications, Management & Entrepreneurship.

*IIT/IIM’s: One of the most prestigious institutions of India, IIT’s across India has initiated entrepreneurship cells (E-Cell) on their campuses to promote the entrepreneurial drive in students. IIT’s organise the E-summit which is the annual entrepreneurship fest where they line up events that include motivational talks, workshops on business design models, design thinking to list a few. IIT Bombay holds an international business plan competition called ‘Eureka’ to provide a platform for participants from all over the world to share their business models based on an integration of vision, technology and collaborative enterprise. They also organise an inter-college business plan competition called ‘Ideaz’ only open to IITians from across India and from any stream or level. In addition to the E-Cell, the IIM’s are offering comprehensive programs and courses on entrepreneurship. A few examples would be – IIM Bangalore (NSRCEL) offers a specialisation in Women Entrepreneurs and IIM Indore offers a specialisation in Family owned Businesses & Entrepreneurship. The spirit of entrepreneurship is gradually, but definitively pervading the domain of specialised and professional education.

*Clubs and organisations: Clubs and associations help to cultivate interests, enhance knowledge and provide a platform to share and exchange ideas. The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) initiated entrepreneurial clubs in 5 select universities in all corners of India to act as forums where ideas can be exchanged and a solid entrepreneurial foundation can be built. The India Entrepreneur’s Club or IndiaEClub was ideated to inform and educate entrepreneurs in the making by sharing stories of success and failure, disseminating information and latest updates about various entrepreneurial enterprises as well as industries across sectors. It is an organisation that also provides a platform to meet Co-founders, mentors as well as to buy resources on a discount for budding entrepreneurs. The Startups Club allows new entrants the opportunity to expand their network, gain resources and support from the community and interact with members from 20 cities in India. The clubs or organisations also support entrepreneurs by providing avenues for funding. These initiatives nurture the entrepreneurial potential and provide the appropriate tools and resources to our change makers.

The art of entrepreneurship can be learned through a curriculum that provides experience, exposure and inculcates the bent of mind to think laterally and holistically. India is a powerhouse of talent as it is home to the world’s second largest population. With more educational opportunities directed towards shaping entrepreneurial minds, India will be a front runner nation that would occupy the centre-stage for successfully harvesting a world-class league of entrepreneurs.


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For Indian students, the study abroad experience is a radical shift from the conventions they are used to. Most of the students who acquired overseas education or have participated in a study abroad program recall the experience to be transformative. The journey has its own share of ups and downs. However, once you overcome the initial hiccups, your effort is rewarded with great learning. Are you ready to walk on this path of self-discovery? Here’s providing you with a glimpse of what to expect and achieve:

1. Gaining Independence: In India, we have a solid support system in the form of family and friends. You can resort to their advice when in doubt, or seek help anytime. However, while studying abroad you’ll be facing myriad situations where you have to handle things on your own. Striking a balance between managing your studies and taking care of personal needs will be challenging, but you’ll also learn to devise efficient ways of doing things.

2. Studying at a World Class Institution: Top colleges abroad are armed with the best facilities, faculty & research in the world. Imagine being taught by Nobel laureates or professors who are distinguished experts in their field and are consultants to premier organisations such as NASA, the World Bank or the US Treasury. If you are majoring in engineering your University facilities could include labs for space research, hydrodynamics or 3D printing. You truly have the best resources available to you and the education gained from this dynamic environment is undefinable.

3. Learning Meaningfully: Studying overseas truly unlocks your potential. The curriculum allows students to take responsibility for their learning. Assignments and projects stress on research and presentation of your thoughts and findings, collaboration with peers, and practical applications to build critical thinking. Class participation is also given a lot of weightage. The holistic approach allows you to not only build your academic base but be “job ready.” Peer presentations, class interactions, group discussions and similar methods are implemented to promote in-depth learning and polish your communication skills. You also have to opportunity to diversify your academic base by choosing electives in unrelated subject(s).

4. Mentorship From Professors: The interaction between professors and students are informal and less hierarchical in colleges abroad. You can easily approach your professors to seek their guidance and mentorship. Teachers encourage students to come with their doubts and queries. Such an association is not only personally enriching but can help in charting your career. Professors often play a significant role as references, recommenders, or even investors in your future endevours.

5. Nurturing Your Creativity: Institutions abroad offer exciting options to pursue your interests, hobbies or learn new skills. They provide a great variety of extracurricular programs where students can build their base on areas beyond academics. You can join theatre groups, learn photography, dabble in the fine arts, pursue a sport etc. and think of a parallel career. Moreover, these additional skills not only make you versatile but also enhance your job prospects.

6. Meeting People From Across The Globe: Colleges abroad provide a great platform to network not only within the setting of a multicultural classroom, but also with other students and faculty on campus, as well as a global network of alumni. The connections you make during your time at college have the potential of being your lifelong friends and future business partners, co-founders, investors, advisors, employers and so much more. These connections will be particularly valuable if you know you want to live or work abroad after you graduate, as it provides you the opportunity to directly engage with future employers while at business school.

7. Broadening Your Horizon: When you travel to a different country, you’ll naturally come across a completely unfamiliar way of life. The first few days or months would be trying, but with time you’ll get over your hesitation and start adapting to your surroundings, mingling freely with other international students, getting to know them and understanding their culture. You’ll be exposed to so much of diversity that you’ll be able to make yourself comfortable and productive in any corner of the world.

As an international students you will find that your study abroad experience is a defining time that continues to create value and build impact for years post graduation. The skills, knowledge, education, and network gained during your time on campus, will not only lay a strong foundation, but will differentiate you from your peer group and redefine you career trajectory.


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#KnowYourCollege – Brown University



Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

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Here are top 4 reasons to consider a undergraduate degree from Brown University:

1. Individualized programs – Undergraduates at Brown are responsible for designing individualized programs of study across multiple departments. A strong advising network helps students engage fully with the Brown curriculum.

2. Global learning – Brown students are active learners. A large number ofcenters and institutes fuel their research. Study abroad programs and international collaborations reflect Brown’s commitment to promoting global learning.

3. Library – Learning is supported by alibrary system housing 6.8 million print items, plus a multitude of electronic resources and expanding digital archives.

4. Campus – The main campus occupies 151.7 acres on the East Side of Providence and in the Knowledge District, including 243 buildings.

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My Journey From A Full-Time Mother To A Full-Time Working Professional



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“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child” Sophia Loren’s words will resonate with all women who are mothers.
I took a sabbatical of 5 years to have my two children and be part of their formative years. To me the most difficult part of starting afresh was actually making the decision, from being a full-time mother to adding an additional title – full-time professional. It’s a tough call to choose between your kids and career, but I soon realised that these two are completely different phenomena of life and must not be weighed against each other. The moment you start thinking that as much as your child is your priority, work is your necessity, you’ll find your own system of working things out.
Prior to gaining the tag of a “working-mom” I was always in charge of my day. I had the time, opportunity and flexibility to dedicate my day to my work, and then during my sabbatical to my family. When both worlds collided, initially there was great turmoil and a range of emotions from being overwhelmed, to feeling guilty to joy when the day actually panned out as I hoped! I quickly learned that if I wanted to make this work – I needed to relax and not always be in control. It’s ok to share our responsibilities with our family members, friends and relatives. I found my support system in my family who
1) ensured that my kids do not miss my presence when I was not around and
2) assisted me in those runs for chart paper, shoes, last minute projects etc.
It’s hard missing their Sports Day or travelling when they are down with a viral or not being home to hear what happened after a bad day at school. However, I found that when I communicated with them openly, shared my plans and my day with them, I never quite felt that I was away from them. I’ve realised that it’s not how much time you spend with your child but how you spend your time with them make the bond ever so priceless. We make sure that we have our special time together every day, it’s dinner time and bed time for my family. It’s a daily routine where gadgets are far away and we are for each other.
Though each one of us have our own mechanisms for functioning, for me planning helps me go a long way. I schedule and organize weeks ahead of time as that allows me manage both my worlds. When I know a certain event is very important for my child – I make sure I don’t schedule meetings then or let my work place know I’ll be coming in late that day. However, there are times when your child is sick and nothing works as per your plans, the system breaks down and you face a complete roadblock. It is disorienting but I’ve learnt to accept these phases as passing. I tell myself to keep looking ahead and move on – it happens to us all and everyone understands.
I believe that if you stay positive and determined, you’ll go the extra mile to achieve your dreams. A few points that I’d like to share with moms is:
Trust yourself, enjoy being a mom and consider yourself an inspiration and strength for your children.
If you were out of touch with your field of work for some time, be prepared for a steep learning curve. I found it’s like riding a bike, you may be wobbly initially but it all comes back very quickly.
Take a short term/flexible course or join a program to refresh your skills. It will also send a positive message about your willingness and sincerity towards your career.
My three saviours were actively engaging my support system, openly communicating with my family and effectively planning as much as you can.
The initial blocks of your journey on this path will be a challenge but as they say, “difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations”.


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As you plan for studying abroad, one of your pressing concerns would be which subject should you pursue. With a vast and varied range of options to pick from, it is a tough call to decide the one subject that would be your perfect fit. If you are from the science stream what would be your best options? Do not choose on the basis of the college you wish to attend but on what you think would be right for you. First, give yourself some time to introspect – think about your strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Then, identify your goals – ask yourself where you see yourself in the long and short term. Based on your answers narrow down your options to match your purpose.
Here are some of the popular subjects that Indian students choose while studying abroad:

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or STEM is the most widely chosen area of study. According to the 2015-16 Open Doors statistics, the number of Indian students enrolling in STEM subjects in the US rose by 25% compared to the previous year with 36% in Engineering, and 34.9% in Maths and Computer Science from a total of 165,918 students admitted to US colleges. As per a HESA report, the STEM field draws the maximum number of Indian students to study in the UK, after the US. Several competitor countries in line include Germany, Canada and Australia who are trying to increase their international student base by offering various facilities and benefits. Some of the factors that attract students to STEM are:
*World-class academic infrastructure with advanced technology, sophisticated labs and a full stack of myriad resources at the student’s disposal.
*Highly qualified faculty in the league of Noble laureates, renowned scientists and ground-breaking pioneers. It’s a once in a life-time opportunity to have these stalwarts as mentors and teachers. You’ll be up for an enlightening journey throughout your course.
*Practical approach to learning which creates a spirit of inquisitiveness, interest and provides a solid foundation of concepts. Hands-on development is an integral part of the curriculum that makes students confident learners. You’ll be provoked to explore out of your comfort zone and dig deeper when you see a rock formation defying the laws of physics or discover a new application of thermodynamics.
*Opportunity to research in a wide and varied range of subjects. Colleges abroad encourage you to pursue your own ideas or dig further into existing work.
*OPT (Optional Practical Training) is one of the key motivators for STEM students as it allows you to participate in real world training in addition to opening promising avenues and career opportunities.

Business Studies: Business Management/Administration ranks second in the list of the most chosen subjects. Open Door Statistics 2015-16 records a 20% increase in the number of international students with India being the second largest provider of candidates right after China. HESA too accounts for the rising popularity of Business Studies among overseas students in the UK. More and more Indian students are gravitating to foreign destinations to acquire a strong foothold in business and management studies. India’s growing economy, prominent presence as one of the largest markets in the world and the technological advancements are attracting global players like Amazon, Facebook, as well as world leaders to tap into our vast potential. The increasing entrepreneurial aspirations in the Indian youth teamed with global education is reflected in the widely spreading trend of successful start-ups and innovative business models. Here’s a look at what you’ll gain to pursue Business Studies abroad:
*Broad curriculum that would allow you to delve deeper into the various dimensions of Business from decision making, organisational skills to delivery of service etc.
*Industry experts and top-notch leaders from various business verticals as part of the faculty. You’ll be attending lectures from domain experts like Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg. Gaining insights from these change-makers will not only impart to you an understanding beyond the books but infuse you with a passion to make a difference.
*Extensive internship opportunities that would provide you a firm grounding on real life decision making, organisational capabilities, multi-tasking, presentation and collaboration in a global and diverse environment.
*A vast network of international peers, faculty and high ranking professionals from various industries. Your network will be a great resource in your future endeavours. You can always bank on your network to collaborate for partnership, to pool investments and spread your word on the international market.

Other Subjects: A number of other fields of study like Law, Social Sciences, Medicine and Nursing, Hospitality Management, Environmental Sciences, Creative Art and Design, Film Studies are becoming increasingly sought after study abroad options among Indian students. There’s a global consciousness to remain connected and build a community across nations. The purpose is to drive positive change in society at large in terms of environmental awareness, humanitarian justice, law and order and uniting through creative ventures. The young generation of learners are exploring niche subjects offered on an international platform to be active participants in the joint mission. Indian students are making a mark internationally with their out of the box thinking, immense creativity, socio-cultural awareness and initiative to contribute globally.

Whichever subject you choose to pursue in your study abroad program, it must suit your needs and help you to achieve your goals. Studying abroad is a transformational experience and sows the seeds of a rich harvest. Good luck!



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The bond that a mother shares with her child is priceless and forever. At the same time, the bond defines and shapes the child’s personality, attitude and perspective of the world. We as children love to shadow our parents and more so our moms. This aspect, challenging yet endearing, assigns every mother a task and responsibility to ensure that her child models on all that is good. Our children will grow to be independent and confident individuals when we empower them to think, decide and take responsibility. Here’s how you can help your child become a compassionate, diligent and enterprising individual:
Empowered mother, empowered child: Show your child what you want him/her to be. Children mimic adults, grab this instinct as an opportunity to build admirable qualities in your child. As mothers, you are always on your toes multi-tasking and switching roles according to your child’s needs. It’s natural that at times you’ll lose control and that could trigger the wrong button in your young one. Here are a few tips to enrich your everyday experience and brighten up your child’s as well:

* Practise a healthy lifestyle
* Follow a pattern in your daily schedule
* Engage in constructive activities that help you to de-stress and feel good about yourself
* Have a positive approach to everything.

Exemplify restrain and how to channelize your energy in a positive direction. Your child will learn to do the same. Adopt a non-negotiable attitude to slack and negativity on your journey as an individual. Your outlook will naturally percolate down to your child. Read, learn and aspire for personal achievements and let your child follow in your footsteps.

Treat your child as an equal: How you conduct with your child influences his/her self-notion and perception of people at large. Allow your child to voice his/her opinions and give him/her due space, and it works like magic. He/she too will learn to respect the opinion of others and be conscious about the rights of other individuals, a lesson no amount of lecturing could achieve. Encourage your child to share his/her thoughts about national affairs, global issues or even family matters. Instead of suppressing your child from arguing out his points, get into a healthy debate and provoke him/her to refute your points with logic and strong argument. This will unlock the intellectual faculties of your child, make him more discerning and a critical thinker. And on your part, you’ve won half the battle of cementing your bond with the youngster as a parent, mentor and friend.

Let them choose and learn from mistakes: Mothers tend to forbid children from trying out anything that might harm them. Well, it’s a given that worries are synonymous with mothers, and as someone rightly said, “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.” However, unless we fall, we do not learn to rise; that’s the tried and tested formula of growth. You are after all empowering your child to thrive as an independent individual, a decision maker and someone who can beat adversities and emerge unscathed. To build that kind of resilience in our children, we need to let go of them about their decisions as they make new friends, learn a new skill, want to experiment with your tool box, or try to whip up a dish. For mothers, you wait in the wings but plunge into action the moment your child falters, hesitates or is overridden by fear. We have to ensure that the mistakes act as pillars of success but not as fears.

Assertive not submissive: Just as your child is learning to stretch wings, give him/her the confidence to fly high. He/she will never look down or fear the heights and have the determination to soar against the winds. As you set your expectation with your child, it is important that you never criticize his/her efforts but always keep him/her high on morale. Negative comments make children question their ability and develop the tendency to shy away. Ensure that assertiveness becomes a part of your child’s personality to propel him/her through any circumstances. A world that’s turning more and more global, we need to arm our children with an inherent sense of identity and self-belief.

Inclusive education: Allow your child to be a part of an environment that thrives on diversity. Children are far more flexible and unbiased than adults and have this amazing innate ability to blend in any context. The more they are exposed to different ways of life, cultures, languages, communities and people from a tender age, the broader are their understanding and level of acceptance. As you provide your child opportunities to explore diversity in every possible form, he/she will develop social awareness and emerge as an informed citizen of the world. How can you provide your child an inclusive education?

* Enrol him/her in a school that grounds its principles on inclusivity
* Let your child interact with children from other communities through clubs and associations
* Visit organisations that shelter children with special needs
* Encourage him/her to represent school in community services
* Let him/her participate and organise events with children of the neighbourhood
* Travel to various geographies.

Growing up in an inclusive atmosphere, your child will naturally pick up great social skills, become more responsive and spontaneous in communicating with people from across cultures and communities. Furthermore, he/she will blossom into a sensible and empathetic human being who’ll understand differences so as not to discriminate. Rest assured, your child will develop the skills and qualities of a successful leader and change maker.

The journey as a mother is arduous, challenging yet rewarding to the core. You ride along with your child a considerable path, being their support system and slowly let him/her go ahead on his/her own. You are the change maker as you transform your child’s life, stepping in occasionally to help them regain balance. Your child will shape up beautifully if you are positive, proactive and happy. Your positivity will reflect on your child, creating a strong character, a determined individual and an effervescent personality.


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#SucessStory – My Experience at Michigan School of Information—Ann Arbor



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Name: Omkar Sunkersett
Program: Master of Science 2018 Candidate in Information Analysis and Retrieval
School: University of Michigan School of Information—Ann Arbor
Honors: Research Assistant at University of Michigan School of Public Health


I’m a graduate student research assistant at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) pursuing my Master of Science in Information with a specialization in Information Analysis & Retrieval. I started my program in September 2016 and would be graduating in April 2018. I’ve chosen a multidisciplinary program that would enable me to specialize in three areas (user-experience research and design, library and archive records management for preservation of information and data analytics/search engineering/informatics) with the option of a tailored degree.

The pedagogy and the rigour

The 48-credit program calls for intensive academic rigour supported by a comprehensive curriculum. The program comprising seven major components namely foundations, management distribution, research methods distribution, specialization, practical engagement, cognates and electives is so designed that it provides students a thorough grounding in the concepts and the applications.

The foundation courses help us build basic knowledge and are mostly mandatory. Waivers are granted to students who have the required academic history and relevant work experience.

The management distribution courses allow us to take approved management classes from any school at the University of Michigan as part of the curriculum. We also participate in real-world management initiatives and entrepreneurial projects.

The research methods distribution helps in building our basics in either statistics, data manipulation & analysis, game theory, etc. depending upon the student’s interest.

Specialization requires students to complete 12 to 18 credits of coursework from a focused area of study, such as human-computer interaction, data science and big data analytics, library and information sciences, etc. We also have to write a research statement for each term and present it to a panel of scholars who guide us accordingly with course selection.

Internships and grants

The program has a mandatory 6-credit practical engagement component that allows students to pursue internships, co-ops or full-time research assistantships to gain valuable practical experience and hone their skills in various fields.

For instance, the School of Information has a Global Information Engagement Program (called GIEP) that provides students grants of up to $6,000/- to pursue internships internationally. The School of Information further allocates special grants for those students who need financial assistance while pursuing their internships on a case-by-case basis.

Exchange program with partner schools

The MSI program also provides students with the opportunity to take up to an entire term/semester of courses from outside the School of Information through its cognates component. For example, a student could pursue an entire semester of coursework with MBA students at the prestigious Stephen M. Ross School of Business if he/she wishes to gain some business school experience while studying at the School of Information.

Tailor your course

The electives are optional. Students can take any courses within the school’s curriculum to fulfil the 48-credit requirement. Moreover, the University of Michigan provides specialized certificate programs through which students can extend their degree program by up to one semester and pursue 9-12 more credits of coursework from an approved list of courses covering multiple schools within U of M. The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) Certificate Program is one such example (http://midas.umich.edu/certificate/) that increases the credit requirement from 48 to 57-60 credits for graduation.

Research facilities

The University of Michigan has a huge research endowment of more than $10 billion each year and a research budget of over $7 billion every year, making it one of the few leading universities in research. Students find it relatively easy to find part-time jobs vis-à-vis graduate student instructorships, teaching assistantships, grader appointments and research assistantships with world-class stakeholders.

Work experience counts a lot while searching for such appointments. Students with instructorships get a full-tuition waiver for the semester and a monthly stipend of $2,500-3,000/- and students with research assistantships get a full-tuition waiver and/or monthly stipend ($1,000-3,000/-) depending upon their percentage utilization.

Experience of working with the best

I have been working as a research assistant at the University of Michigan School of Public Health on a 15+ year old research project in South America. This opportunity has given me the privileged to work and interact with PhD students, professors, postdoc fellows and research scientists from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, University of Michigan School of Public Health, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Stanford University, Emory University and Michigan State University.

Opportunities for international students

Grader appointments and teaching assistantships are quite common amongst students with no prior work experience usually. The best thing is that international students can work for up to 20 hours a week and can continue to work part-time for up to 12 months upon graduating whilst looking for full-time opportunities.

Exceptional Faculty

The teaching faculty at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) is also world-class. Some of the best professors doing some terrific research are affiliated with UMSI. I’ve been fortunate to interact and work with professors having PhDs from Harvard, MIT, Yale, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon University, UC Santa Barbara, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Johns Hopkins University and Northwestern University in my first year of study. we have guest faculty from Caltech, Stanford, University of Chicago, Cornell, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, UCLA, University of Washington, UT-Austin, University of Maryland, ETH Zurich etc.

Brand name counts

It is quite difficult to land full-time position in a top company from the University of Michigan (the exception being Ross) because the career fairs are open to the whole student-body of 40,000+ talented students and Ann Arbor is not a full-fledged city. However, the University of Michigan brand name and alumni network play a big role in getting interview invites and job offers.

Diversity

The student body at the School of Information and University of Michigan is exceptional as the University lays strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion. I’ve collaborated and interacted with students from more than 20 different countries. The experience has been extremely unique and memorable. Recently, I’ve won an election from among 400 students at the School of Information and elected on the board of officers of the Master’s association as the Executive Treasurer for the academic year 2017-2018. One thing is very clear to me – people here value different cultures, values, perspectives, ideas, opinions and are very progressive!

Safety

Ann Arbor boasts of five different police departments and a plethora of fire stations and ambulances with a world-class health system.

An experience beyond academics

It is a huge college town where students not only take academics very seriously but also get-together and enjoy partying, snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, cycling, kayaking and rafting. The spring and summer seasons are extremely beautiful and the wildlife is amazing. The sunrise occurs at barely 6 AM in the morning and the sunset occurs at approximately 9 PM, making the day very enjoyable, productive and conducive for outdoor activities. The gigantic campus is a riot of colours with many different species of flowers, fruits and birds, and is one of our most popular hangouts.

“This story was shared by Omkar Sunkersett, a ReachIvy alum who is studying at University of Michigan School of Information—Ann Arbor. Thank you for sharing your story and helping other applicants in their journey Omkar!”

Studying abroad has changed their lives, fuelled their aspirations and set them off towards their goals. Our students have successfully completed their education, and come back with a repository of memorable experiences and tremendous learning. On this platform, ReachIvy alumni share their unique and enriching journey as international students at eminent foreign universities across the globe. Our students’ perspectives and their first-hand accounts will provide with exclusive insights, live examples and a real taste of studying abroad.

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7 Quick And Handy Tips To Make Cultural Adjustment Easier While Studying Abroad



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Congratulations! You are about to embark on an amazing voyage to your dream study destination. From carefully reviewing your documents to packing your belongings, you have so much to prepare; but it’s all so exciting. Once you have done the due diligence pertaining to the travel paraphernalia, take some time off to prepare yourself for the great change, the culture shift. Are you ready to be surprised, overwhelmed and shocked! Relax, each one of us go through these phases on finding ourselves in a new and unfamiliar environment. The best part would be when you’ll start understanding, hence appreciating and eventually accepting the changes around you. Here are some tips to help you adjust to the cultural changes on study abroad:

Keep an open mind, be positive: as you move in to a different country, everything appears outlandish, from the language to the food. You may find people with an outlook that is poles apart from your beliefs. Remember, each country has its unique culture, conventions and lifestyle that together influence people’s consciousness. Hence, culture is a relative idea. Just as you have come to a foreign country for education, consider the novelty of the place as an integral part of your educational journey. Approach whatever you encounter like a textbook, try to learn and understand the difference, the rationale behind all that you see and hear or even feel. This is a rare opportunity to know a culture inside out. Make your best effort to extract as much information and insight you can about their society and values. Be enthusiastic and positive in your interaction, you’ll never have a dull moment.

Observe keenly: On your study abroad stay in the country, you’ll settle in their ways of life without much difficulty if you learn their ways. As much as you may read about the place and people or hear from someone who’s been there, nothing comes close to witnessing everything live, with your own eyes. As Confucius said “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” You must observe what kind of verbal and non-verbal modes of communication they use. Just as they’ll not appreciate a caricature of their behavioural and societal norms, they’ll readily accept someone who can emulate their style of interaction and communication with due respect and earnestness. Hence, do not plunge head on but take your time, see through everything, ask locals and over time gather enough understanding of their communication cues so as not to be misunderstood. Your effort will not be in vain but win you some great friends.

Show curiosity and ask questions: Consider a foreigner asking you about your country and culture with eagerness. You’ll love to talk about your heritage and traditions, at the same time strike an instant bond with the person. Similarly, if you show curiosity and enquire about the place, customs and the practices, the locals would be glad to share with you what they take pride in or are indispensable to their culture. Not only would you collect useful information but feel a lot more familiar and at home. Furthermore, in a new country, even the basic style of living could be different. You might have to seek help to go about with your chores. Do not hesitate to ask your peers or neighbours how they get things done. However, language could be a roadblock, even if it’s English, because native speakers can use many dialects and have their own lingo. Hence, it’s ok to rephrase and repeat yourself to understand and clarify.
Travel and explore: one of the effective means of familiarising with a place is by travelling around. Grab this opportunity to visit iconic places, landmarks, local bazaars, countryside. Comb through the neighbouring areas, explore the unique characteristic of the land and the people. Though you’ll be having a lot of educational excursions, you can tour the place on your own. Travelling lends you the chance to learn about the history and the geography, to interact and converse with the locals and allows to immerse in the culture.

Join a hobby class or participate in physical activities: monotony is a troublemaker; to avoid falling into a monotonous routine deviate your mind with activities where you get to interact with others. You can join clubs based on your interest, hobby classes or whichever physical activity interests you. By attending such classes beyond regular college is a way of keeping yourself engaged and motivated; it’s a strategy to ward off the feelings of loneliness and homesickness.

Talk to other international students/advisor: During the first few months you’ll probably have to cope with a lot of issues pertaining to cultural differences. Lighten yourself by discussing your problems with other international students and what you are doing to resolve them. Don’t worry, they too would be going through the same difficult patch, facing similar problems and would be quite willing to share their ways of dealing with the problems. Together think of ways to overcome the challenges. However, you can also approach your college counsellor or international student advisor to get professional guidance.

Stay connected: Fall back on your support system when stressed out. Connect to your family and friends to let them in the loop. Your parents will feel more at ease if you share your problems and they can guide you through. Friends back home will provide you with doses of enthusiasm, laughter and the comfort of the good old days. Keeping in touch with home will make things a lot easier for you, especially at the initial phase.

To quote Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru “Culture is the widening of the mind and the spirit”, study abroad transfers you to an arena with infinite possibilities of expanding your vision. This is the base camp of life where you get trained to adjust to any situation in any part of the world, learn to seek unity in diversity and evolve as the future global citizen ready to transcend boundaries and transform lives.


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As you plan the next stage of your academic life, you may be considering studying abroad. Traditionally, Indian students used to complete their undergraduate degree domestically and then pursue postgraduate options abroad. However, year on year, we have witnessed a steady rise in the number of candidates who pursue their studies abroad. Not only are students looking at full-time undergraduate degrees, but they are also exploring other options including summer school, vocational programs, semester abroad etc to build on their knowledge and skills. Here are a few essential facts to help you decide what’s best for you:

1. Why Study Abroad?
Indian youth are more open than ever to explore the wide gamut of experiences that study abroad offers. The factors that appeal most to students include:
Par excellence educational environment with world class infrastructure, eminent faculty and unlimited resources.
A holistic learning experience that taps on academic as well as extracurricular potential of students and focuses on shaping future global citizens.
An interface that facilitates personal and professional bonding across cross-cultural community and a diverse group of peers and professors.

2. What are the best study abroad locations for undergraduate programs?
You have a wide spectrum of geographies to choose from when exploring study abroad options including favored destinations like the USA and upcoming locations including New Zealand and Germany. Let’s look at some of the most popular places students fly to:
USA: USA offers a conducive learning atmosphere. It’s home to the 8 Ivy League universities and other top- notch institutions that provide students with a treasure trove of experiences. A dynamic ambience, vibrant campus life and competitive educational culture makes USA a top study abroad destination.
UK: It is one of the oldest and most prestigious educational centres in the world. You’ll receive superlative academic grounding, learn from eminent scholars and academicians and be part of a rich heritage.
Singapore: Not too far from home, yet providing all international educational opportunities, Singapore is now gaining popularity with Indian students aspiring to study abroad.
Canada: Easy availability of visas coupled with exclusive benefits provided to international students and world class universities makes Canada a popular study abroad choice.
Australia: Australia boasts of renowned universities, peaceful environment and learner-centric educational system and is one of the most sought-after countries for higher education.

3. What are the best study abroad options for undergraduate programs?
Here are a few academic and vocational course options across continents and colleges:
University programs:
At universities in the USA there are a host of different course combinations that you can opt for. Students have the liberty to mix and match completely different streams like combining physics with philosophy or English and biochemistry. You can go for a double major (specialize in two subject areas) or major in one and minor in another field of study. You can shift to a completely different stream provided you meet the department requirements or graduate as a Bachelor’s of Arts & Science (B.A.S). Universities offer a wide range of courses which you can incorporate into your degree. For instance, Harvard offers 3,900 courses in 49 undergraduate programs, and Yale university offers around 2,000 courses per year. It’s indeed a great opportunity to be able to design a unique and personalised degree.
Universities in the UK and Canada also offer some flexibility in terms of course selection and shaping your own program. Some of the undergraduate programs include the PPE (Philosophy, Political Science, Economics) at Oxford University (UK), Chemistry & Business Management at University of Birmingham (UK), Life Sciences & Medicine at McGill University (Canada), Arts & Humanities at Toronto University.
Vocational courses: With jobs requiring greater skills and practical knowledge of associated technicalities, it will be a great move to learn skills relevant to your field of study. If you want to join the medical field, you can opt for a vocational program in the like of pharmacy technician or EKG; you aspire to be an architect, you can join an apprenticeship course in design technology. The more skills you earn, the better is your ability to smoothly fare through your course and successfully carve out your career. There are some great study abroad options for vocational training to harness your skills and make you future ready. Let’s take a look at some of the programs available abroad:
The Vocational and Training Sector (VET) in Australia – You have a host of Registered Training Organizations (RTO), institutes, private colleges as well as selective universities that offer VET courses. Through these courses candidates learn specific job skills, know current and established industry trends and acquire valid and recognised qualifications. Some institutes offering VET courses are: Canberra Institute of Technology, TAFE International Western Australia etc.
LA Vocational Institute, Los Angeles (USA) – This institute will furnish you with focused skills in various medical fields ranging from Medical Assistant to Phlebotomy technician. These courses span anywhere between 4 weeks to 30 weeks depending on the subject domain. You’ll have extensive practical training and get the most of an international and professionally designed curriculum that will boost your concepts and your confidence.

4. What are the pre-requisites for studying abroad?
Foreign institutions emphasize greatly on your overall performance in both academic and non-academic fields. Make sure to craft a well-rounded profile to highlight your versatility and unique talent. If you are aspiring for top colleges in the USA they look at your achievements from class 9 onwards and need standardised tests like SAT/ACT. Generally, English proficiency tests like IELTS/TOEFL along with your transcripts, resume/CV, essays/statements of purpose are the basic requirements for colleges abroad. For non-academic courses, you must have proof of a certain level of English proficiency and any prior work experience/internship. As you start with your application, go through details pertaining to other crucial aspects like financial resources, scholarship options etc. Check college websites and correspond with various institutions to be aware of the latest updates and announcements.

5. What is the best option for me?
Ask yourself why you want to go abroad for higher studies. Analyse what triggers your aspiration. Are you eying a specific course to learn unique skills, do you want to attend your dream college or experience an international study ambience? If you want to pursue a course, find out if your interests and capabilities are attuned to it and what career prospects it might offer ahead in future. Likewise, if you are targeting a college, check out what courses it offers, how well it coordinates career opportunities and finally whether it caters to your needs and talent.
Before you take a call on studying abroad, you must analyse your strengths and weakness, your interests and needs and your career goal. Once you understand your priorities, you can decide your direction towards studying abroad. Relax, introspect, do your homework and set forth on an enriching journey. All the best!


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Education is the driving force of any society and calls for continuous evolution to be relevant to our learning needs. The Indian education system is transforming to meet the larger demands of our growing nation. The Government’s initiative to digitalise the education system reflects a highly positive approach of embracing digital technology to revolutionise how we receive education. The digital platform, like a genie, can reach learning resources, instructional material or the teacher in action into the living room of the learner. Today, there are innumerable online educational portals that cater to students of all levels, from school to working professionals. Let’s delve deeper into the facts of the digital proliferation in the Indian education system.

What is digital learning?
The main purpose of education is to facilitate learning. Digital technology paves our path to access a conducive learning atmosphere with easy availability of resources, collaborative opportunities with peers and instructor moderated activities. This platform can disseminate knowledge and understanding of any skill or domain to learners across geography, demography and age group. There are a number of players enriching the Indian e-learning market with their innovative and cost effective digital learning solutions including Tata Interactive Systems, Educomp Solutions, NIIT etc.Today, just as corporate sectors are introducing digital learning to enhance the skillset of their workforce, schools are using it to cater to the diverse learning needs and styles of young students.

What are the various digital learning tools available to us?
The digital medium makes learning comprehensive by tapping into various ways of how we learn namely visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. Technology provides us explicit visual representation, sound to emphasise meaning and allows for interactive activities to consolidate learning in a fun way. Here are some alternatives of the digital learning platforms:
* MOOC or Massive Open Online Course: It is a free online learning platform that anyone can access. It offers a course that is open, participatory, distributed and promotes lifelong-networked learning. Through it, participants can connect, collaborate and engage in the learning process. The e-education initiative of our Government addresses schools to develop pilot Massive Online Open Courses.
* Online Learning Portals: You can strengthen your knowledge, learn the latest trends in your industry or acquire a new skill; the numerous online portals will provide you a wide range of learning options. Some of the most popular and viable sites are: Coursera, Edx, Udemy to name a few. These portals provide you both MOOC courses as well as paid ones. The programs are designed by top notch institutes like Harvard, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania etc.
Webinars: Web based seminars are an effective way to stay abreast of the latest trends, and industry updates. The webinars are live and interactive with opportunities to ask, chat, poll, survey, test etc. You need to register online to participate in a webinar.
* Learning/skill-building apps: If you want to understand a math problem, learn a new language or polish your logical reasoning skills, you can download a learning app for free. BYJU’s apps help school children to solve complex math problems, busu is a language learning app that would build your basic knowledge of a new language.

How is the Indian education system impacted by digital learning?
Education via the digital platform is making its foray into our education system as schools, colleges and organisations are embracing the new way of learning to make the lessons engaging and facilitate better retention. Digital learning is now acknowledged by the Government as a valid and effective learning platform as:
* It can be accessed from anywhere. In India, a considerable number of learners reside in remote areas and cannot attend proper educational institution because of distance and commute problems. An online learning platform can resolve this issue.They can not only access classes but overcome the problem of lack of resources like textbooks, learning material. The Government’s e-pathshalaenables students, parents, educators to access resources (textbooks, audio, video) via any digital device.
* Universities and colleges are including a digital learning framework to revamp their distance learning programs. Working professionals or individuals who cannot attend face to face classes due to professional or personal commitments can opt for online courses as they provide flexibility and allow for self-paced learning.
* The online lessons are designed to optimise student’s learning capabilities. Graphics, music and interactive modules provide a holistic approach to obtain subject knowledge. Furthermore, the lessons are also created as per cognitive levels, subject/skill area and specialisations, hence they satisfy individual learning needs.
* It offers one to one learning opportunities. In a class of 50 students, it becomes difficult for teachers to cater to individual needs of students or for students to reach teachers for answering their queries. On a digital platform, learners can anonymously pose their questions and receive prompt response.
* The various learning apps, and online lessons often act as knowledge supplement. In fact, the online tutorials are leveraging digital technology to provide students with in depth understanding of concepts along with furnishing them with multiple techniques of problem solving.It can offer substantial academic support for competitive exam preparations, or for professional studies.

Digital learning is an answer to India’s growing need to dispense education at all levels across regions and local barriers. Be it engaging pre-schoolers or making young adults active learners, scaffolding adult learning or enhancing professional skills, the digital mediumholds promise for a rich and diversified educational system.


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The classroom is the original cultivator of true learning and the green house to nurture talent and creativity. The dynamics between a teacher and students define the essence of a classroom. A great teacher can transform the brick and mortar confinement and take students on a journey of pure learning, responding to their doubts and instilling an environment of curiosity and interactivity. Hence, to optimise the learning experience, schools and colleges in India are vying to embrace innovative methods, installing the latest educational technology and encouraging teachers to be more creative than ever.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the innovative techniques that teachers are trying out to make learning effective, engaging and fun:

Audio-visual (AV) supplements:
Many educational institutions in India have AV equipped classrooms or venues to boost students’ learning and understanding. Teachers are explaining difficult concepts like physics/maths/chemistry through graphical representation of complex equations with the help of smartboards. For language learning, the audio-visual equipment is an indispensable tool. Teachers are playing snippets of award winning films, plays, speeches of great orators, both in vernacular, English or the target language to facilitate the skills of listening, speaking and histrionics. Subject teachers are leveraging the AV facilities in interesting ways to trigger the class’s curiosity through graphics, images, puzzles, thereby driving them to think out of the box. Above all, it satisfies a student’s need to see, hear and have a complete grasp of what they are learning.

Flip methodology or classroom:
This technique, to put simply, is to roll the responsibility of learning towards the students and make them active participants of the learning process. B Schools like SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Indian School of Business (ISB) are some of the pioneers of flip classroom in India. Here, teachers relegate to the role of resource or material providers via email or intranet, whereas students take the centre stage of gathering concepts, constructing knowledge and drawing inferences. However, the other significant aspect is that teachers follow it up with a discussion session on the given topic on a stipulated day to ensure students participation, seriousness and overall learning. Besides discussions, there are group presentations, debates and essay writing competitions. Teachers are implementing effective and interesting measures to evaluate students’ learning outcomes and the efficacy of the flip method. Surprisingly, when given responsibility, students take more interest, immerse in the project and deliver much better. Flip methodology promotes greater student involvement in the learning process and lays down the foundation of independent learning.

Role play:
Role play brings in the element of entertainment into the classroom. As much as it is loved by students, this technique facilitates their understanding and appreciation of the characters that they read about. From pre-schools to Senior Secondary level, schools are implementing this method as it’s a great source to instil in children values and ideals as they play the roles of historical stalwarts like Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King or legendary characters like Caesar, Mark Anthony, Charlie Chaplin to name a few. Students are encouraged to have their own version of the characters they are portraying, and enact them from the context of the present times. Through role play, students also get to learn about various aspects of stage performance from acting to voice projection, hence discover their acting talent. This technique also helps teachers to explore creativity and critical thinking in students. Role play is an impactful method to enhance learning that also lends learners opportunity to live the experience through empathy and internalising values.

Peer teaching:
It is one of the most effective strategies to even up the learning curve of a class. Usually, teachers pair students who are high performers with those students who might be struggling in a subject area. Students are also encouraged to volunteer or are randomly chosen to take over as the subject teacher. It offers a platform of knowledge sharing among students besides harbouring healthy competition. The interesting aspect of peer teaching is that students tend to respond more actively when one of them dons the mantle of the teacher. The class becomes attentive, interactive in a bid to challenge each other in a constructive manner. With regular peer teaching sessions, students start to develop better grasp of the concepts, display maturity, tend to be more disciplined and also develop better communication skills. Beside B Schools, this method is now widely used at all levels of education irrespective of affiliation, boards or curriculum. Children studying at schools in rural areas too are getting their share of playing the teacher. Kudos to Government Higher Primary School (GHPS) in Kadasi Kopa in the Kanakapura Taluk in Karnataka for being a trailblazer among government schools to successfully and strategically implementing peer teaching on a daily basis. Furthermore, to underline the gravity of peer teaching, teachers assess student’s performance as part of continuous evaluation.

Games:
The play way lessons are one of the most popular among students of all grades, and a successful strategy to keep them engaged. If the sessions are carefully designed and smoothly executed by teachers, this method reinforces cognitive knowledge especially of mathematical and scientific concepts, and vocabulary. Teachers are experimenting with various kinds and levels of word and mind games like quiz, puzzle-solving, scrabble, sudoku etc. Games help to seamlessly incorporate subject knowledge with application, and are an answer to productive and smart learning. This is reinstated by Bangalore based tech firm Quest Alliance in designing a game called Anandshala Gupshup for enhancing communication between parents and young students. The game increased parents’ awareness about their children’s need, and that reflected in students’ improved class performance and attendance. The second game called Career Quest designed for students of vocational studies helped them revisit technical concepts as well as provided them training on life skills.
Collaboration: Collaboration is one of the essential life skills in a globalised environment, the driving force of all enterprises. In an educational institution, this skill can best be fostered in the classroom by allowing students to work in groups. Educators are planting the seed of a collaborative mind as early as in primary school where young children are motivated to create, plan and organise group presentation of story, skit, or poem. At every stage of the process, teachers help students to chalk out their plans, provide them key points, supervise their work and build team spirit. Many schools have made collaborative project work a prominent part of the curriculum. Teachers are designing their lessons in such a way that would allow time and resources to students to perform group activity, be it research or class presentation.

Going beyond the classroom:
The goals of education are to make children aware of the world and themselves, to widen their perspective and to make them seek the truth. Schools are embracing the trend of taking children outside of the classroom, be it nature trail in the school garden or visiting the cottage industry, and let them have a direct interaction with what they read in the books. Children gain more knowledge when they see and experience history unfolded in museums than being taught in the class. Field trips are now an integral part of the CBSE curriculum. International boards too have made excursions compulsory in schools. Dr Pillai Global Academy had recently arranged for an exciting field trip for students to Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand along with a trip to Nainital and Delhi to provide students hands-on learning. Hence, there is a visible increase in the number of excursions organised by schools where students, teachers and parents enthusiastically come forth to make the attempt a holistic educational experience.

The various innovations enabled by technology and the creative endeavours of the teachers are making classrooms a zone of great activities and intellectual rigour. Though the journey is at its nascent stage, the future holds promises of a rich and holistic learning space, with every student having access to a repository of resources that would enable them to learn independently and meaningfully.


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As you ponder about the next stage of your academic life you may be debating between pursuing your degree in India or abroad. You probably have heard stories of college life from your cousins, seniors or others and built your own notion of it. Whatever your expectations are, analyse what academic culture and curriculum suit you the most, because college life in India and abroad are vastly different.
Here are 5 differences between college life in India and abroad.

1. Diversity or Familiarity
Abroad:
Colleges abroad will offer you greater exposure to a multi-cultural backdrop. You’ll be part of a campus buzzing with students and professors from across countries, nationality and culture. You’ll learn about various traditions and lifestyles, understand and appreciate the differences, would be able to relate with your international peers as well as realise a connection with your roots. Most alumni of foreign colleges find that the international exposure has made them more sensitive towards other cultures and helped them connect with people easily.
India: Though you’ll not have as much global diversity as a study abroad program will offer you, your classroom may be filled with students pan-India. You will have a familiar landscape and peers with similar cultural and traditional perceptions, making the transition into college life smoother. You’ll readily be able to strike camaraderie with your peers and might find old acquaintances from school as your classmates.

2. Self-Learner or Teachers’ Guidance
Abroad:
Be prepared to dive into a completely different style of learning and academic rigour. A number of colleges abroad develop a holistic curriculum that focuses on continuous learning, interactive teaching, extensive research, self-study, collaborative enterprise, classroom presentation, excursions and exchange programs. Assessment and evaluation tools encompass a broad range of mediums including pop quizzes, project work, essays, seminars, class participation, project work etc. The curriculum strives for more student participation and initiative where professors relegate to the role of facilitators. Students must take responsibility of their own learning to be at par with the academic demand.
India: The Indian curriculum relies on a teacher-centric lecture based system with exams at the end of each semester. It’s not a continuous learning method, which could be ideal for students who strive in this learning environment or those who wish to be involved in other commitments after college e.g. CA preparation or work in the family business. Many institutions are incorporating international pedagogical approaches to allow students take greater responsibility of their learning. Presently, given the number of students enrolled per course, teacher-pupil ratio, availability of resources and infrastructure, educators are trying to seek a balance between the two types of curricula to benefit learners.

3. Academic flexibility or Professionally Oriented Program
Abroad:
Your college journey abroad is quite unlike your experience at an Indian college. You can take greater initiative to design your course based on your learning objectives. At an undergraduate level in the US for example, you can team Anthropology with Music to gain deeper insight into the collective consciousness of an indigenous community or choose an elective unrelated to your major to tap into newer fields of research. You can even change your major provided you meet department requirements. Additionally, you can double major meaning that you can complete two degrees in two separate academic areas. You can also major in one area and minor in the other. Most universities offer students the freedom to explore their academic interests before deciding to specialize.
India: Colleges in India do not provide you with this scope. You have to take stipulated course prescribed by the college with defined program timeline. Though it limits flexibility of pursuing self-designed programs, in the Indian context it renders a structured system. Courses are more subject focused or designed to meet the requirements of getting into specific professions. For instance, if you are pursuing Maths, you cannot choose Dance as your elective but Statistics, Physics or related fields of study as your options are pre-determined by the course syllabus. It helps you to specialise in your subject area, and keeps you focused on your professional goals.

4. Active Campus life or Individual Pursuits
Abroad:
If you have a passion for art, music, sports, community service or any domain, college campuses abroad will offer you immense scope to cultivate your interests. Most campuses harbour as many as 80 to 100 clubs of diverse kinds. Be it women in finance, photography, aqua jogging, fencing, archery or robotics, you’ll find your niche in one (or more!) of the clubs or organizations. This is one of the exclusive benefits of studying abroad that most alumni vouch for. It is these extra-curricular activities that shape up your personality for future success. You can begin your own club, or be the president of another. You’ll engage in a myriad of activities that’ll polish your organisational and leadership skills along with blossoming your potential.
India: You’ll have a more academic focused ambience with most programs undertaken by specific departments and centred on subject enhancements. Compared to abroad, you have limited number of clubs and associations. This in a way provides greater freedom to students to pursue their own interests outside of college.

5. Independence or Comfort of Family
Abroad:
You’ll have no help at all, and have to do everything from making your own bed to changing a bulb, from cooking to paying bills. When it comes to handling finances, you’ll learn to become discreet in managing and planning your finances. College life abroad will offer you a wonderful platform to discover your abilities of thriving independently. You’ll be self-sufficient, organised, take independent decisions, which will be quite a shift from being with parents.
India: Your direct educational expenses will be much less. If you are commuting from home, you’ll get the added benefit of saving on food and lodging. You’ll have a constant support system there for you. You may not get the unique experience of taking major decisions but you’ll also not have to go through the challenges of staying alone and far from family.
When you are considering a choice between colleges abroad or India, keep in mind your priorities, strengths and objectives. Studying abroad will impact you differently from studying in your homeland. Remember it is up to you on how you want to optimise the opportunities that each would offer you. Analyse your needs, do your homework, speak to your family and friends, and reflect thoroughly; you’ll certainly pick the option that best fits you!

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The 21st century is all about going global, and it is not just a passing trend. As millennial parents, we are more conscious than ever of the importance of making our children equipped with social skills to thrive in a diverse environment. We are no longer nurturing future citizens of our country but individuals who will have to work across the globe with an immensely heterogenous population. Study abroad will provide your child the unique opportunity to experience diversity, meet different cultures, and gain insight from peers coming from all corners of the world. The educational journey will surely be one of a kind that will transform your child’s life exactly the way you would dream of it. Here’s the benefits of studying abroad with culturally diversified students:

Gain valuable insights: Studying abroad, your child will be sharing the same learning platform with students coming from different countries. They will be interacting as room-mates, collaborating as peers and bonding on similar interests and hobbies. Your child through his/her personal connection will be exposed to different ways of life and rituals. He/she will understand the meaning of each of them in their socio-cultural context. No amount of reading or hearing from others will have the same impact as experiencing it live.

Widen perspective: When the horizon expands, so does our vision. Study abroad will broaden your child’s world as he/she gets to form acquaintances with individuals of different nationalities, communities and diverse outlook. It will be a learning experience every moment. Be it solving a complex problem in class or coping in a new place, your child will gain multiple perspectives on any situation. It will break the barriers of the mind and cut him/her free from inhibitions based on misconceptions. Your child will be a skilled problem solver, a proactive learner, an out of the box thinker and an empathetic person.

Appreciate diversity: As your child will be knowing individuals from different demography and have a deeper insight into different lifestyles, he/she will understand the richness and beauty of the differences. He/she will not only be inquisitive about new ways of life and ideas but readily acknowledge diversity without being discriminating. This attitude will help your child grow into a sensitive and responsible individual. The ability of respecting and giving space to others will reward him/her with contentment in his personal and great success in his professional life.

New found admiration for own tradition: Contrary to the notion that study abroad makes one distanced from one’s own culture and traditions, you’ll be surprised to see how much your child appreciates everything about home and family. As much as he/she will get exposed to diverse kinds of people, he/she will understand the core values of tradition that makes one distinct from another and attributes unique identity. From traditional attire to food, rituals to festivals, your child will celebrate every occasion with renewed vigour.

Increase adaptability and flexibility: To feel at home out of your familiar surroundings is no small task. One takes years to develop the skill to adjust in diverse environments. However, an early exposure in life to diversity will help your child acclimatise himself/herself according to situations and places. When working with a heterogenous group of peers on any project, he/she will encounter various aspects pertaining to work culture, ethos and perspectives. He/she will naturally learn to be in sync with other team members, and build a healthy work environment.

Know someone, everywhere: Your child will have a motley group of friends and acquaintances spread out over all geography. He/she will have a steady source of latest information, happenings and updates on global affairs, geo-political issues, economic changes etc. Be it planning a vacation, an official trip or exploring new professional ventures, your child’s network will act as his/her guide. Imagine, the convenience of being eagerly received by an old friend from university when your child visits a distant land for work or pleasure.

Make for a great leader: A leader is one who is free from biases, acknowledges talent, and finds unity in diversity to establish an atmosphere of trust and understanding among his/her team. Study abroad will enable your child to acquire qualities that we look for in a leader. He/she will have a way to manage people from diverse backgrounds, understand their point of view, build rapport based on mutual respect and drive them towards a common goal.
Study abroad has more than one implication in one’s life. As part of a diversified educational world, your child will always be on an amazing learning curve that would build his/her confidence, enlighten him/her about his/her own capabilities and reward him/her with valuable life lessons. Your child will emerge as a well-rounded personality empowered with the skills to become the global citizen of tomorrow.

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The 21st century is all about going global, and it is not just a passing trend. As millennial parents, we are more conscious than ever of the importance of making our children equipped with social skills to thrive in a diverse environment. We are no longer nurturing future citizens of our country but individuals who will have to work across the globe with an immensely heterogenous population. Study abroad will provide your child the unique opportunity to experience diversity, meet different cultures, and gain insight from peers coming from all corners of the world. The educational journey will surely be one of a kind that will transform your child’s life exactly the way you would dream of it. Here’s the benefits of studying abroad with culturally diversified students:

Gain valuable insights: Studying abroad, your child will be sharing the same learning platform with students coming from different countries. They will be interacting as room-mates, collaborating as peers and bonding on similar interests and hobbies. Your child through his/her personal connection will be exposed to different ways of life and rituals. He/she will understand the meaning of each of them in their socio-cultural context. No amount of reading or hearing from others will have the same impact as experiencing it live.

Widen perspective: When the horizon expands, so does our vision. Study abroad will broaden your child’s world as he/she gets to form acquaintances with individuals of different nationalities, communities and diverse outlook. It will be a learning experience every moment. Be it solving a complex problem in class or coping in a new place, your child will gain multiple perspectives on any situation. It will break the barriers of the mind and cut him/her free from inhibitions based on misconceptions. Your child will be a skilled problem solver, a proactive learner, an out of the box thinker and an empathetic person.

Appreciate diversity: As your child will be knowing individuals from different demography and have a deeper insight into different lifestyles, he/she will understand the richness and beauty of the differences. He/she will not only be inquisitive about new ways of life and ideas but readily acknowledge diversity without being discriminating. This attitude will help your child grow into a sensitive and responsible individual. The ability of respecting and giving space to others will reward him/her with contentment in his personal and great success in his professional life.

New found admiration for own tradition: Contrary to the notion that study abroad makes one distanced from one’s own culture and traditions, you’ll be surprised to see how much your child appreciates everything about home and family. As much as he/she will get exposed to diverse kinds of people, he/she will understand the core values of tradition that makes one distinct from another and attributes unique identity. From traditional attire to food, rituals to festivals, your child will celebrate every occasion with renewed vigour.

Increase adaptability and flexibility: To feel at home out of your familiar surroundings is no small task. One takes years to develop the skill to adjust in diverse environments. However, an early exposure in life to diversity will help your child acclimatise himself/herself according to situations and places. When working with a heterogenous group of peers on any project, he/she will encounter various aspects pertaining to work culture, ethos and perspectives. He/she will naturally learn to be in sync with other team members, and build a healthy work environment.

Know someone, everywhere: Your child will have a motley group of friends and acquaintances spread out over all geography. He/she will have a steady source of latest information, happenings and updates on global affairs, geo-political issues, economic changes etc. Be it planning a vacation, an official trip or exploring new professional ventures, your child’s network will act as his/her guide. Imagine, the convenience of being eagerly received by an old friend from university when your child visits a distant land for work or pleasure.

Make for a great leader: A leader is one who is free from biases, acknowledges talent, and finds unity in diversity to establish an atmosphere of trust and understanding among his/her team. Study abroad will enable your child to acquire qualities that we look for in a leader. He/she will have a way to manage people from diverse backgrounds, understand their point of view, build rapport based on mutual respect and drive them towards a common goal.
Study abroad has more than one implication in one’s life. As part of a diversified educational world, your child will always be on an amazing learning curve that would build his/her confidence, enlighten him/her about his/her own capabilities and reward him/her with valuable life lessons. Your child will emerge as a well-rounded personality empowered with the skills to become the global citizen of tomorrow.

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The Letter of Recommendation (LOR) is an integral part of your application to a foreign university. It not only boosts your credibility to the admission officials but highlights your potential as the most suitable candidate. An LOR provides a comprehensive insight about you as an individual and your various capabilities and inclinations in your subject area as well as competence beyond academics. It is imperative that your LOR projects you as the perfect fit based on relevant facts and an unbiased approach. Here’s all that you need to know about LORs:

How many LOR’s do I need?
Generally, institutions ask for one to three LORs, but it varies across programs. For example, MBA programs tend to ask for two whereas some Masters degrees might want you to produce one from an academic source and another from your field of work. Check the course website and plan accordingly.

Who should write them?
Who your recommender should be depends on the program requirements or as mentioned in the program guidelines. Following are the recommendation sources for various program categories:
For academic pursuits: if you are applying for undergraduate or a post-graduate degree that does not require work experience, your course instructors or academic mentors can be your reference. Approach someone who has coached you for a longer duration, is well aware of your progress over the course, have interacted closely on thesis/project work and with whom you share a level of comfort and understanding.
For professional course: Professional programs like MBA, executive trainings that require work experience ask for professional LOR’s. In this case, it is better to get your recommendation letter from your direct supervisor with whom you have worked on projects, and who knows your style of functioning. However, you can approach your CEO or someone in a higher position if you have had a one-to-one collaboration with the person on high impact assignments.
A reminder: It is wonderful to be recommended by a distinguished alumnus or a renowned persona. However, unless you have interacted with the person on academic or professional reasons for a certain length of time, such recommendation will not strike the right note with the admission officials.
To sum up, your LOR must be written by someone who knows you well as a person and as an aspiring candidate for the program. The ideal recommenders are those who are from the same or related field of study so as to ascertain your fit for the course. It would also be appreciated by the admission committee as your candidature is validated by a subject expert.

What points should my recommenders highlight on?
The content of the recommendation is of prime importance. It is as much essential to emphasize on what is to be written as how it is to be presented. The presentation of the letter also plays a crucial part to make your recommender’s perception of you look genuine.
From the thematic point of view, the matter must focus on your capabilities, academic achievements, fields of interests, leadership traits, emotional quotient, community service etc.
In terms of style, the write-up must be in simple and reader friendly language using clear and lucid expressions. Don’t only adjectives, or mere descriptions, instead corroborate your accomplishments by citing solid examples that the person as your mentor/teacher has observed.
Provide relevant details pertaining to your achievements in the relevant domain, eg, internships, exchange programs, research work, participation and presentation in seminars etc.
It must throw light on your softer faculties namely communication skills, interpersonal skills, adaptability, team work, analytical abilities, enterprising outlook and contribution to the institution.
It is important that the tone does not reflect exaggeration or a biased perception but grounded on fair judgement and assessment based on observation.
A reminder: Your recommender must know you well to be confident to write about you, as well as must be well-versed with the program you are applying for to judge your eligibility and efficiency for it.
The LOR must convey an honest and sincere observation and perception of your personal and professional attributes in relevance to your application.

What brief would I provide my recommenders with?
You may feel that your mentor knows you well enough to provide their feedback in the LOR, however, on your part it is necessary to furnish them with talking points so that they can tailor their response to the need of the program. Remember, besides all criteria, the main attention for selecting you as a prospective student will depend on how fit you are for the program. Once you understand and glean information about the course details, draft a template/organiser to share with your recommender for your LOR. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how readily they’ll welcome your initiative. Here are the essential points that you must provide:
How long they know you and in what context are they familiar with you?
How do they evaluate your skills, achievements, strengths and personality? They must provide examples for every point on which they are assessing you.
They must co-relate your key accomplishments with the program requirements to underscore your eligibility for it.
A brief specifying why they think you are a perfect fit for the program.
A reminder: Give your recommenders ample time. Start working with recommenders 6-8 weeks before the submission deadline, so you have enough time to put together preparation materials, meet with them to request the recommendation and share these materials, and to respond to any questions that they may have.

Who will upload the LOR?
Your LOR must be submitted by your recommender. So make sure you explain the submission process to them. Show them how to upload the recommendation, and ensure that they submit it directly. Many schools have back-end technology which gives them insight into where the LOR is being uploaded from, so they can tell if it’s being uploaded from the same IP address as your application.
Your LOR must provide a holistic view of your profile as well as uphold you as a deserving candidate for the program so that the college committee gets an insight into your capabilities and efficiency.

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