Planning, Motivation and Hard Work; The Key to Achieving His Dreams!

– Atif, University of Kansas

Originally from the small town of Aligarh, Atif moved to Delhi with his father in the middle of high school. It was not easy to leave his mother and sister behind, but he knew the quality of education he would receive in Delhi would be significantly better.

From an early age, he understood the value of a robust educational curriculum and the importance of extracurriculars. His interest in the STEM fields brought about participation in several Olympiads and science competitions. His passion for football led him to represent his district at several tournaments.

He came to The Red Pen from the Avanti Fellows Program, an initiative that helps low-income students gain access to high-quality educational opportunities. Atif was extremely positive and energetic when he first interacted with us and it was evident that he was a very ambitious and driven student. He responded well to suggestions about the application process which helped us find the best-fit university for him. Atif worked tirelessly on fine-tuning his application and was admitted to five universities in the US. Atif is the first in his family to apply overseas. He eventually chose to attend the University of Kansas where he was admitted to the Honors program and received a full scholarship. This hard-working student who watched his father work long hours to support him developed the grit needed to succeed and is now all set to study engineering and physics at renowned US research university. 

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The fundamental role of independent educational consultants is to help students explore college opportunities and find the right place for them to succeed academically and socially. IECs don’t get students admitted—they help students demonstrate why they deserve to be admitted at appropriately chosen schools. They help students find colleges they might not have heard of—often out of their region—and they help students put their best foot forward.

Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
  2. Do not trust any offers of guaranteed admission to a school or a certain minimum dollar value in scholarships.
  3. Ensure that the IEC adheres to the ethical guidelines for private counseling established by IECA.
  4. Find an IEC that visits college, school, and program campuses and meets with admissions representatives regularly in order to keep up with new trends, academic changes and evolving campus cultures.
  5. Do they attend professional conferences or training workshops on a regular basis to keep up with regional and national trends and changes in the law?