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A collection of articles from The Red Pen team
on wide ranging topics related to studying abroad

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A collection of articles from The Red Pen team on wide ranging topics related to studying abroad.

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7March2013

Planning Ahead in January for Class 11

by Originally published in Hindustan Times, Education Supplement

If you are in class 11 and planning to study abroad in 2014, there is a lot you can do now, in early 2013, to enhance your application. A common question at this point is, “What should I do over the summer before entering 12th? Take an internship? Start a new extra-curricular activity? Publish a

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7March2013

Moving On After December

by Originally published in Hindustan Times, Education Supplement

The last few weeks of December is an emotional roller coaster for some applicants. Since at least December 10th admissions decisions have been coming in for undergraduates who applied in early decision or early action programs and for MBA applicants who applied in the first round. I use the roller coaster metaphor because whether you

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22December2012

Interviews

by Originally published in Hindustan Times Education

You got an interview call! An interview could be a normal part of the application for everyone, or it could indicate that you have made a first cut for selection. For undergraduate studies, usually only highly selective colleges conduct interviews (e.g. Ivy League), but they do so for all applicants. For MBA studies an interview

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22December2012

Gap Years

by Originally published in Hindustan Times Education Supplement

As the time draws near to submit college applications for programs abroad, even some of the most qualified students opt to take a gap year – i.e. a year off between high school and college. How do you decide if this is the right choice for you and if you are planning to take a

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22December2012

Getting Your Act Together By November

by Originally published in Hindustan Times, Education Supplement

You’ve been thinking about getting your college applications together for a while now. But between class work, homework, tuitions and life, you haven’t made much headway yet.  Don’t despair – if you want to apply to colleges in the US or UK, there is still time to meet the January deadlines. If you are applying

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22December2012

Essay Topics

by Originally Published in Hindustan Times Education

Study abroad applicants should already be well into the drafting stages of their college essays by now. If you are applying for undergraduate studies in the UK (except Oxford or Cambridge or medical, dental or veterinary courses) your UCAS application and required ‘Personal Statement’ is due on January 15th (check  http://www.ucas.comto find out the specific

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22December2012

Early Decisions

by Originally Published in Hindustan Times Education

Many students applying to the US for undergraduate studies are intensely focused on early application rounds coming up on November 1st.  Should you apply? The basic idea of the early deadline is that if you apply early you will get a decision before Dec 15th (as compared with the regular decision deadline on Jan 1

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22December2012

Extra Curricular Activities

by Originally Published in Hindustan Times Education

  I once heard an Ivy League admissions officer say “We understand that the opportunities and demands for Indian students are different than for American students. But that makes Indian students weak in extra-curriculars and, unfortunately, our process is unforgiving.”  This seemed like a harsh assesment of an Indian students, but a few years of

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22December2012

MBA Primer, Part 2

by Originally published in Hindustan Times Education

Most MBA applicants assume the best way to get into competitive business schools is by showcasing all of their work-related achievements. While this is true, it is what you have done beyond the workplace that often makes the difference between finding yourself on a flight to start your MBA abroad and finding yourself back at

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22December2012

MBA Application Primer

by Originally published in Hindustan Times Education

Most MBA applicants assume the best way to get into competitive business schools is by showcasing all of their work-related achievements. While this is true, its what you have done beyond the workplace that often makes the difference between finding yourself on a flight to start your MBA abroad and finding yourself back at the

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